Generous Ecclesiology seeks to present a positive theological response to the issues raised by Mission-Shaped Church and For the Parish. The former reminds us that the church is to engage in creative and imaginative ways with our missionary calling. The latter affirms the place of inherited patterns and structures which cannot simply be discarded.
Alert to the danger that discussion about tradition and innovation can become polarized; the editors recognize that living in relation to a generous God shapes our ecclesiology.
Generous Ecclesiology takes as its basis the uniqueness of the church's calling in God's world, a world embraced by the generosity of his love. This collection is a contribution to an ongoing conversation; to this end, it engages with a rich range of dialogue partners, historically, ecumenically and culturally as well as theologically.
Afterword by Ian Mobsby.
'Generous Ecclesiology is a true manifesto for our times. This is a book for all those who want to move on from the tribalism that so easily ensnares Christian discourses, and often leads to painful conflict and division. Generous Ecclesiology calls the reader into that deeper, abundant and wholly generous space that we might dare to call the church.' -- Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.
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