This unit will explore the roots of the church in the messianic ministry of risen, crucified Jesus Christ and the sending of the Spirit. Attention will be given to the classical marks of the church (one, holy, catholic and apostolic) as well as to the particular marks noted by the Reformers (preaching and sacraments). Church-dividing disputes around sacraments and ministry will be noted. The character and history of minority ancient Christian communities (e.g. India, China, Ethiopia) will also be addressed. Attention will turn to the twentieth-century emergence of churches in the global south and the post-Christendom realities faced by mainline churches in lands marked by “Western culture” (with particular reference to the Uniting Church in Australia). Consideration of these developments will assist our critical examination both of classical ecclesiologies and of developing contemporary approaches to the body of Christ.
Describe the origins of the church in the messianic ministry of Jesus
Explain the classical and the Reformed marks of the church
Describe the shifts in ecclesiological reflection prompted by the emergence of the non-Western churches during the twentieth century
Communicate the ways a post-Christendom ecclesiology can be developed in the context of a global church.
CT1000P or CT1009P
Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials
1000 words web resource or study guide on biblical roots of ecclesiology
1000 words collation of tutorial reflections
2500 words research essay on the global, post-Christendom church
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015
Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-04 15:33:36 +1000