This volume brings together the prestigious speakers at the inaugural Church in Our Times Lecture Series at Liverpool Hope, throughout the first 4 months of 2006, and invited contributors from and addressing wider international contexts Africa, Sri Lanka, India and the United States.
The volume explores themes such as questions of ecclesial and religious identity in these post-modern times, the advent of neo-exclusivism, divisions within the contemporary Roman Catholic and Anglicans churches, inter-faith relations and dialogue, questions of sexuality and Christian ministry, contemporary understandings of ecclesial authority, teaching and tradition, the inter-relation between the church and the kingdom of God today, an Asian appraisal of Pope Benedicts first sermon, inculturation and the rhetoric and reality of the notion of Church as Christianitys most distinctive and defining feature and constructive proposals for ecumenical ways forward in the future.
The commonality and coherence of the papers, along with the manner in which a number of them together contribute towards making a cumulative case upon similar issues of concern for the church in our times, constitute a major strength of this collection. This volume will interest faculty and students engaged in the study of the contemporary church, ecumenism, global Christianity, secularity and inter-religious dialogue, as well as appealing to ministers and pastors as well as the general reader excited by the most pressing debates pertaining to the church in these times.
Introduction: Church and Religious Other: Essays on Truth, Unity and Diversity
Gerard Mannion: The Church and Religious Other: Dominus Iesus and the Hermeneutics of Ecclesial Identity in Postmodern Times
Tissa Balasuriya: An Asian Reflection upon the Inaugural Sermon of Pope Benedict XVI
John OBrien: The Quest for a Pakistani Christian Identity
Paul M. Collins: The Quest for Indianness
Jane Redmont: African, Feminist, Ecumenical: The Ecclesiology of Mercy Amba Oduyoye
Ernst Conradie: The Whole Household of God (oikos) in an African Ecclesiological Perspective
Jenny Daggers: The Open Future: Church, Feminism and the Theology of Religions
Phyllis Zagano: Women and Church: Where Do We Go From Here?
Steven Shakespeare: A Community of the Question: Inclusive Ecclesiology
Mary McClintock Fulkerson: Being Nice in Church
Steve Summers: The Eucharist: A Meal with Friends?
Mark Chapman: By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed: Anglicanism and the Windsor Report
George Pattison: Church: Law, Community and Witness
Bernard Hoose: Does the Church Need to Change?
David McLoughlin: The Church Theologian and the Kingdom of God an Uneasy Relationship?
Kenneth Wilson: Hoping to Learn: a New Approach to Ecclesiology
Jayne Hoose: Dialogue as Tradition
Nicholas Lash: The Church as a School of Wisdom
Paul D. Murray: Receptive Ecumenism: a New Way Forward
Afterword: Keith Ward: Church: the Distinctive and Definitive Idea of Christianity
Church And Religious Other by Gerard Mannion was published by Continuum in September 2008. The ISBN for Church And Religious Other is 9780567032867.