Towards Baptist Catholicity Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision

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List price: $37.00
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 322
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

'Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision' contends that the reconstruction of the Baptist vision in the wake of modernity's dissolution requires a retrieval of the ancient ecumenical tradition that forms Christian identity through liturgical rehearsal and ecclesial practice. Themes explored include catholic identity as an emerging trend in Baptist theology, tradition as a theological category in Baptist perspective, the relationship between Baptist confessions of faith and the patristic tradition, the importance of Trinitarian catholicity for Baptist faith and practice, catholicity in biblical interpretation, Karl Barth as a paradigm for a Baptist and evangelical retrieval of the patristic theological tradition, worship as a principal bearer of tradition, and the role of Baptist higher education in shaping the Christian vision. This book submits that the proposed movement towards catholicity is neither a betrayal of cherished Baptist principles nor the introduction of alien elements into the Baptist tradition. Rather, the envisioned retrieval of catholicity in the liturgy, theology, and catechesis of Baptist churches is rooted in a recovery of the surprisingly catholic ecclesial outlook of the earliest Baptists, an outlook that has become obscured by more recent modern reinterpretations of the Baptist vision and that provides Baptist precedent of a more intentional movement towards Baptist catholicity today.

Paul Avis has served as the General Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity and has been involved in numerous theological dialogues and conversations, both in the UK and internationally. He is now Theological Consultant to the Anglican Communion Office, London, supporting various international commissions. He is also convening editor of the journal Ecclesiology .

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
'Catholic Baptists' and the New Horizon of Tradition in Baptist Theology
Baptist Theology and the Horizon of Tradition
The New Horizon of Tradition and the Emergence of 'Catholic Baptist' Theologians
Tradition as Source of Authority
Place for Creeds in Liturgy and Catechesis
Liturgy as Context for Formation by Tradition
Community as Locus of Authority
Sacramental Theology
Constructive Retrieval of Tradition
Thick Ecumenism
Towards Baptist Catholicity: Seeking a Place for Tradition in the Baptist Vision
Baptist Understandings of Theological Authority: A North American Perspective
The Baptist Ecclesial Location of the Perspective
Ultimate Authority: The Triune God
Derivative Authority: The Supremacy of the Scriptures
Divergent Understandings of Biblical Authority
Other Sources of Authority?
Baptists, Tradition, and Creeds
Towards a Baptist Rethinking of Authority
The Authority of the Community (of All the Saints): Towards a Postmodern Baptist Hermeneutic of Tradition
The Hermeneutics of Suspicion and Baptist Suspicion of Tradition
Reevaluating the A-Traditional Baptist 'Tradition'
Paradigms for Postmodern Retrieval of Tradition: Some Non-Baptist Dialogue Partners
Thomas Oden: Postmodern Paleo-Orthodoxy
Karl Barth: Beginning with the Community of Faith
La Nouvelle Theologie: Renewal through Ressourcement
Alasdair MacIntyre: Tradition, Community, and Rationality
Paul Ricoeur: Tradition in the Second Naivite
John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock, and Company: Radical Orthodoxy
Leonardo Boff and Catherine Mowry LaCugna: Traditional Resources for Liberation
Geoffrey Wainwright: The Liturgical Locus of Tradition
George Lindbeck and the 'New Yale Theology': Tradition as Communal Narrative
A Postmodern Baptist Hermeneutic of Tradition
The Normative Function of Tradition: The Authority of the Community (of All the Saints)
The Vehicle of Tradition: The Story of the Community
The Critical Function of Tradition: The Argument of the Community
Baptist Confessions of Faith and the Patristic Tradition
Vestiges of the Patristic Tradition in Baptist Confessions
First Historical Thesis
Second Historical Thesis
Third Historical Thesis
Constructive Proposals for Interaction with the Patristic Tradition in Future Baptist Confessions
First Constructive Proposal
Second Constructive Proposal
Third Constructive Proposal
From Triadic Narrative to Narrating the Triune God: Towards a Baptist Appreciation of Trinitarian Catholicity
The Economic Legacy of the Triadic Narrative: Ignatius of Antioch
The Trinity in the New Testament Traditions
The Trinity in the Ignatian Correspondence
Narrating the Triune God: Ecclesial Shaping of the Story
Explaining the Narrative to Outsiders: The Greek Apologists
Problematic Versions of the Narrative: Monarchianism and Its Opponents
Contesting the Plot: The Arian Controversy
Refining Liturgical Narration: The Pneumatomachian Controversy
Character Development: The Clarification of Trinitarian Relations
Hebrews in Patristic Perspective: Benefits of Catholicity for Baptist Biblical Interpretation
Patristic Homilies and Commentaries on Hebrews
The Place of Hebrews in the Development of Patristic Theology
Alexandrian Christology
Antiochene Christology
Hebrews 2.10-18 and the Suffering of Christ
Patristic Resources for Teaching and Preaching Hebrews Today
Hebrews 6.1-8 and Apostasy
Patristic Exegesis and Baptist Proclamation of Hebrews
Hearing the Voice of the Community: Karl Barth's Conversation with the Fathers as a Paradigm for Baptist and Evangelical Ressourcement
Biographical Evidence of Barth's Interest in the Fathers
The Shape of Patristic Retrieval in the Church Dogmatics
Patristic Conversation Partners
Augustine of Hippo
Eastern Conversation Partners
Communal Expressions of Patristic Theology
Doctrinal Loci of the Conversation
Agenda of the Conversation
Barthian Possibilities for Baptist and Evangelical Retrieval of Patristic Theology
Returning Ad Fontes
Collaborating in the Conversation
Discerning the Voice of the Community
Baptist Systematic Theology and Patristic Retrieval
Listening Eastwards and Westwards
Catholicity Beyond Trinitarian and Christological Orthodoxy
Listening Critically
Praying and Believing: Retrieving the Patristic Interdependence of Worship and Theology
The Interdependence of Worship and Theology in Patristic Practice: A Narrative Interpretation
Rehearsal of the Divine Story in Typical Baptist Worship
Theologically Formative Patterns and Practices from Patristic Worship: Resources for Retrieval
Calendar
Lectionary
Word and Table
Creed
Prayer
Confession and Pardon
Passing of the Peace
Lives of the Saints
Hymns
Implementing Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi in Baptist Congregations
Contesting Our Story: Catholicity and Communal Conflict in Baptist Higher Education
Sources of Communal Conflict over Faith-and-Learning Proposals
Theological Controversies
Political Polarization
Mutual Suspicion
Embracing Conflict as Contested Catholicity
The Contested Character of the Christian Tradition
The Narrative Shape of the Christian Tradition
The Liturgical Locus of the Christian Tradition
The Importance of Intra-Faculty Theological Education
'What Keeps You from Becoming a Catholic?' A Personal Epilogue
Precedents for 'Conversion'
Why Not Rome, Constantinople, or Canterbury?
Negligible Reservations
Ecclesial and Ecumenical Responsibility
A More Precise Definition of 'Catholicity'
Precedents for Catholic Renewal within Protestant Denominations
The Oxford Movement
The Mercersburg Theology
The Berneuchener Movement
An Invitation to a Conversation
Appendixes
Re-Envisioning Baptist Identity: A Manifesto for Baptist Communities in North America
Confessing the Faith
Bibliography
Ancient Texts
Modern Literature
Index of Scripture References
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

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