A Theology of Disagreement
New Testament Ethics for Ecclesial Conflicts
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Even the most casual contemporary observer of Christianity must recognise that the notion of Christian community being identifiable through the mutual love of its members (John 13:35) is difficult to reconcile with the schismatic reality of current ecclesial life. Nonetheless, disagreement remains an ethical subject neglected by theologians.
A Theology of Disagreement examines how New Testament texts inform Christian approaches to disagreement. Drawing on New Testament themes, the book explores the nature of an ethic of disagreement, and its practical implications for the church's public theological witness, as well as its liturgy.
'We can’t agree on what the church is, what authority means, what role Jesus has in ethics or how to resolve disputes. So we shout all the louder. Into this cacophony Christopher Landau brings humility, lucidity and a desire to interweave theological, liturgical and ethical approaches. Graham Greene said the believer will fight another believer over a shade of difference; the doubter doubts alone. Landau’s contribution addresses both our quest for truth and our passion to be right, leaving us wiser, more likely to let the Holy Spirit make our disagreements fruitful – and less alone.' -- Samuel Wells, Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields