Ancient Faith for the Church's Future
Mark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman bring together select essays from the 2007 Wheaton Theology Conference, Ancient Faith for the Church's Future demonstrates the vitality and significance of the early church for contemporary Christian witness and practice. These fourteen essays provide for a significant evangelical ressourcement by considering the importance of the thought and practice of the patristic church especially for our (1) interpreting Scripture, (2) engaging in missional witness through hospitality, social justice and evangelism, (3) renewing our worship and prayer, (4) grasping afresh our salvation through Jesus Christ, and (5) authentically engaging our surrounding culture. Fresh and forward-looking, this book leads the way toward a deeply rooted church that points beyond contemporary evangelical accommodation to civil religion, privatism and enlightenment methodologies toward its true vocation to bear vital witness to God's present and coming kingdom.
"Articles are scholarly, insightful, and touch on a wide variety of topics: patristic exegesis, social ethics in the early church, worship, Christology, and emergent Christianity. The anthology succeeds in delivering several outstanding specimens of evangelical ressourcement theology. . . Informative, creative, and disciplined, this anthology is a must read for anyone interested in the continued development of the evangelical ressourcement movement."
Part One- Evangelical Ressourcement
Retrieving the Past with Integrity
1. Tradition, Authority, Magisterium
Dead End or New Horizon?
Christopher A. Hall
2. Old Books and Contemporary Faith
The Bible, Tradition and the Renewal of Theology
Brian E. Daley, S.J.
3. Similis Et Dissimilis
Gauging Our Expectations of the Early Fathers
Part Two- Reading Scripture
The Setting and Promise of Patistic Exegesis
4. The "Pagan" Background of Patristic Exegetical Methods
5. The Quadriga or Something Like It
A Biblical and Pastoral Defense
Peter J. Leithart
6. Irenaeus and Lyotard Against Heresies, Ancient and Modern
Part Three--The Social Practices of the Early Church
Ancient Resources and Contemporary Challenges
Christine D. Pohl
8. Crumbs from the Table
Lazarus, the Eucharist and the Banquet of the Poor in the Homilies of John Chrysostom
9. "They Alone Know the Right Way to Live"
The Early Church and Evangelism
Part Four- Theology of the Early Church
Worship, Christology and Politics
10. Embodying the Wisdom of Ancient Liturgical Practices
Some Old-Fashioned Rudimentary Euchology for the Contemporary Church
John D. Witvliet
11. Apatheia and Atonement
Cyril of Alexandria and the Contemporary Grammar of Salvation
Paul I. Kim
12. Two Augustinianisms
Augustinian Realism and the Other City
D. Stephen Long
Epilogue--A Forward Glance
13. Emerging from What, Going Where?
Emerging Churches and Ancient Christianity