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Dogmatic Ecclesiology, Volume 1

The Priestly Catholicity of the Church

by Tom Greggs

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      Tom Greggs

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      Baker Publishing Group

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      November 2019

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    Ecclesiology is a key issue for the present age of church history. This groundbreaking work by one of today's leading theologians offers a major Protestant ecclesiology for the church catholic. This volume, the first of three, considers the priesthood of the church in light of the priesthood of Christ. Tom Greggs shows the connection between Christ's work as high priest and the universal church's role in salvation. All together, the three volumes will offer a major statement on the doctrine of the church for Christians from a variety of backgrounds.

    How to Read This Book
    Preface: A Brief Prospective Theological Prolegomena to Ecclesiology
    Why the Church?
    "I Will Be Their God, and They Will Be My People": Issues of Method, Approach, and Dogmatic Topography
    Which Church?
    The Church of the Spirit, Not the Spirit of the Church
    Chart of Prospective Chapter Topics
    Abbreviated Chapter Theses for Volume 1
    1. The Spirit: The Lord of and the Giver of Life to the Church
    The Church as Creature of the Spirit: An Act of Divine Grace
    A Reformation Church: An Event of God's Act
    A Truly Pentecostal Church Whose Life Comes from the Living Holy Spirit
    Pneumatologically Actualistic Ecclesiology
    The Mediation of the Spirit: God's Vertical Act in the Horizontal Axis of the Medium of Creaturely Space-Time
    "To Your Advantage That I Go Away": The Spirit's Continuing Work of Salvation in the Horizontal Axis of Creaturely Existence
    The Love of the Other in Her Givenness as a Salvific Event of the Spirit's Act
    The Essential Given Variety with the Church in Its Life of Love
    2. The High Priesthood of Christ: The Essential Hierarchy of the Church (1)
    The Rule of the Only Priest: The Lordship of Christ over the Church
    The Priesthood of Christ in Hebrews
    The Gospel Form of Christ's Priesthood
    The Modality of Christ's Priesthood
    3. Participative Ontology and the Church's Internal Priesthood: The Essential Hierarchy of the Church (2)
    The Uniqueness of Christ, Who Is Head of His Body
    Participation in Christ by the Spirit
    The Church as an Active Participation in Christ's Spirit-Filled Humanity
    The Church as Participating in Christ's Priesthood in Its Internal Sociality: Priesthood Internal to the Church
    Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus Est?
    4. The Priestly Ontology and the Church's Life for the World: The Essential Hierarchy of the Church (3)
    The Corporate Priesthood of the Church in the World
    Challenging Traditional Accounts of Essential Hierarchy
    A Clergy That Demarcates Church from (and Not for) the World: The Damned for the Sake of the Saved
    A Priestly Church for the World
    A Boundary Fundamentally for the Sake of the World
    Orders Exist for the Sake of Church
    Intensity of the Church's Priesthood Is Its Fringe
    5. Baptism: Entry into the Priesthood of the Church
    A Note on the Genus "Sacrament"
    A Note on the Language of "Means of Grace"
    Sacrament, Sign, and Semiosis
    Baptism as a Sign
    Baptism as Entry into Corporate Priesthood
    Subsistent Identity in Christ: The Internal Priestly Dynamics of the Community of the Baptized
    The Positive Challenge of the New Identity in the Quotidian Givenness of the World
    Infant or Adult Baptism?
    The Worldliness of Water: One Baptism
    6. Holy Communion
    A Semiotic Commemoration
    A "High" Memorialist Interpretation of Zwingli
    The Question of Agency
    No Further Sacrifice
    The Temporal Semiotics of Participation
    Participation in the Body: Bound to One Another in Space-Time
    Bound to One Another in Holy Communion for the World
    Celebrating Holy Communion Together in the Givenness of a Church Service
    7. The Communion of Saints
    The Provisionality of the Passing Church in Time
    The Everlasting and Universal Communion of Saints
    Subsisting in the Communion of Saints: A Protestant Account of the Tradition of the Church
    8. Intercessory Prayer
    Prayer in Christ the Unique High Priest
    The Internal Priestly Act of Prayer within and for the Church
    Intercessory Prayer as an Expression of Salvation in the Horizontal Sphere of Spatiotemporality
    Intercessionary Prayer as a Priestly Act for the World
    9. Thanksgiving and Praise: Participating Graciously in Grace
    "Less Quid Pro Quo Than Overflow"
    Creator-Creature Distinction and Relation: A Creation of Sheer Grace
    Caught Up in God's Movement: Living Thankfully in the Divine Willing for the Other
    Justification by Grace Alone: No Works, Only Gratitude for Divine Mercy
    The Forms of Gratitude for Grace in the Church
    10. Congregation: Priestly Polity
    The Congregation as Foundational
    The Givenness of the Community in Space and Time
    The Congregation, the Great Congregation, and the All in All
    Priestly Congregating
    11. Sanctification
    Sanctification as an Act of the Grace of God
    Sanctification in Christ by the Spirit
    The Non-interior Form of Sanctification
    Communal and Corporate Sanctification for the World
    12. Love
    Love as a Participation in God's Love, Both Economically and in God's Internal Life
    Love as the Concrete Form of the Sanctified Life
    The Individual Exists for the Sake of Love
    Church Exists for the Sake of the World
    13. Priestly Catholicity
    Why Do Priesthood and Catholicity Belong Together?
    A Catholicity of the Spirit and the Son's Unique and Universal Dynamics
    Active, Loving, and Dynamic Catholicity
    Principles of the Forms of Priestly Catholicity
    14. Coda: The Church as One
    Oneness and Catholicity
    One Irreducible Narrative
    Oneness of God


    • Author

      Tom Greggs

    • Book Format


    • Publisher

      Baker Publishing Group

    • Published

      November 2019

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      161 x 232 x 44 mm

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    • Author/Creator: Tom Greggs

    • ISBN: 9780801097898

    • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

    • Release Date: November 2019

    • Weight: 954g

    • Dimensions: 161 x 232 x 44 mm

    • Eden Code: 4968039

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