The nature and story of the Christian church is immensely important to theology students and scholars alike. Written by an international team of distinguished scholars, this comprehensive book introduces students to the fundamental historical, systematic, moral and ecclesiological aspects of the study of the church, as well as serving as a resource for scholars engaging in ecclesiological debates on a wide variety of issues. It divides into six parts: the church in its historical context the different denominational traditions global perspectives methods and debates in ecclesiology key concepts and themes ecclesiology and other disciplines: social sciences, philosophy, literature and film. Authoritative, accessible and easily navigable, this book is indispensable for everyone interested in the nature and history of the Christian Church.
Gerard Mannion is Director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Ecclesiology at Liverpool Hope University where he is also Professor of Ecclesiology and Ethics and Co-director of the Applied Ethics Initiative. His numerous publications include Schopenhauer, Religion and Morality (2003), Readings in Church Authority: Gifts and Challenges for Contemporary Catholicism (co-editor) (2003), and Ecclesiology and Postmodernity -- Questions for the Church in Our Times (2007). Lewis S. Mudge is Robert Leighton Stuart Professor of Theology, Emeritus, at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA. He is the author of One Church: Catholic and Reformed (1963), The Crumbling Walls (1970), The Sense of a People (1992), The Church as Moral Community (1998), Rethinking the Beloved Community (2001), and The Gift of Responsibility (2008).