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The Royal Priesthood: Essays Ecclesiastical and Ecumenical [Paperback]

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Pages   394
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 6" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1998
Publisher   Herald Press
ISBN  0836191145  
EAN  9780836191141  

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Readers will discover that it is not possible to disengage John Howard Yoder's practice of ecumenical dialogue from his vision of the church. Yoder's approach to ecumenical dialogue correlates with his conception of the faithfulness of the church. His vision of the church poses challenges for Christians of all communions because he calls both for disciplined dialogue and for faithful servanthood that renders the confession of Jesus Christ's lordship meaningful. This collection of 17 essays on themes ecclesiological and ecumenical is intended to demonstrate the substantial unity of Yoder's work over the past four decades.

Publishers Description
First published in 1994, Yoder challenges Christians of all communions by calling for disciplined dialogue and faithful servanthood that renders the confession of Jesus's lordship meaningful. Paperback, 412 pages.

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More About John Howard Yoder, Michael Cartwright & Michael Cartwright

John Howard Yoder John Howard Yoder taught at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana) and later was professor of theology and ethics at the University of Notre Dame. He is known especially for his influential book The Politics of Jesus.

John Howard Yoder was born in 1927 and died in 1997.

John Howard Yoder has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Peace Shelf Series
  2. Classics of the Radical Reformation
  3. John Howard Yoder
  4. John Howard Yoder's Challenge to the Church
  5. Radical Traditions (Paperback)
  6. Theology in a Postcritical Key
  7. Yoder for Everyone

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Insightful, logical, compelling, but not conclusive!  Sep 11, 2008
As a collection of essays and presentations by Dr. Yoder, one must remember that each section is intended to stand alone leading to much repetition and incohesiveness.

Divided into two parts, the first dealing with the scriptural reality of God's people is more useful. Dr. Yoder presents a strong argument of what the church of God should look like, act like, and think like. He thoroughly demonstrates the absurdity of the Constantinian view and later Reformed view of church and state, owing much of his insight to the Anabaptists who maintained that one's citizenship is in Heaven and not of earth, nor within its governments. Historically, he proves that when the church is independent and separate from the world's affairs, its witness is increased a hundredfold. Although his points are made adequately, it would still be more prudent for Mr. Yoder to premise his argument from Scripture more abundantly.

The second half on the ecumenical view of the church is inspiring but, in reality, far too optimistic than will probably be achieved in our lifetime. He concedes with the Restoration view of Campbell and others that no Christian is excluded from the universal church except those who choose to support their division and differences upon later creeds rather than the authority of God's word. But Dr. Yoder does not continue to the conclusions necessary to achieve this, instead leaving the reader to conclude this himself. This may help not ostracize many, but it allows Christians to advertise their ecumenicality without having to concede to its necessary inferences and put these into actual practice.

Overall, this book is lengthy and at times difficult to understand, but worth the investment of time and most certainly worth consideration, especially by the "leaders" of current Christian circles.

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