Thursday, October 21, 2010

Denomination: Assessing an Ecclesiological Category (T&T Clark, forthcoming 2011)

I'm pleased to be able to pass along information from the Continuum publishing group's web site regarding a forthcoming publication with their T&T Clark International imprint: Paul M. Collins and Barry Ensign-George (eds.), Denomination: Assessing an Ecclesiological Category (Ecclesiological Investigations; T&T Clark International, forthcoming 20 July 2011). I've contributed the chapter written from a Baptist perspective. The description, table of contents, and editor information follow below:


The term "denomination" is now widely used to describe a Christian community or church. But what is a ‘denomination’? In this highly creative collection of essays representatives of all major Christian traditions give an answer to this question. What does the term mean in their own tradition? And does that tradition understand itself to be a ‘denomination’? If so, what is that understanding of ‘denomination’; and if not, how does the tradition understand itself vis à vis those churches which do and those churches which do not understand themselves as ‘denominations’? In dialogue with the argument and ideas set forth in Barry Ensign-George’s essay each essay offers a response from the perspective of a particular church (tradition). Each essay also consider questions concerning the current landscape of ecumenical dialogue; ecumenical method and the goals of the ecumenical movement; also questions of Christian identity and belonging

Table of Contents

Core Essay: Barry Ensign-George, Reformed/Presbyterian
Essay: Gesa Thiessen, Lutheran
Essay: Amy Planitnga Pauw, Reformed/Presbyterian
Essay: Russell Richey, Methodist (USA)
Essay: K.M. George, Oriental Orthodox
Essay: Joseph Muthuraj, United Church (India)
Essay: Ann Riggs, Quaker
Essay: Elena Vishnevskaya, Orthodox
Essay: Paul Avis, Anglican
Essay: Peter de Mey, Roman Catholic
Essay: Kirsteen Kim, Methodist (UK)
Essay: Steve Harmon, Baptist
Essay: Wolfgang Vondey, Penetcostal

Revd Dr Paul M. Collins is a priest in the Church of England, and a Reader in Theology at the University of Chichester, UK. His main works to date are Trinitarian Theology West and East: Karl Barth, the Cappadocian Fathers and John Zizioulas (2001), Context, Culture and Worship: The Quest for Indian-ness (2006). Secretary of the new formed Ecclesiological Investigations Network.

Barry Ensign-George is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which he serves as Associate for Theology in the denomination’s Office of Theology & Worship. His reaserch is focused on ecclesiology, particularly on formulating a theological assessment of denomination as an ecclesiological category.

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