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The Royal Priesthood: Essays Ecclesiological and Ecumenical
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The Royal Priesthood: Essays Ecclesiological and Ecumenical

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Herald Press 1998

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Overview

This collection of 17 essays on ecclesiological and ecumenical themes is intended to demonstrate the substantial unity of Yoder’s work over the past four decades. 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.

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Key Features

  • Contains 17 essays on a variety of theological and ecumenical subjects
  • Discusses Yoder’s vision for the church
  • Presents clear arguments for a politically active, peace-focused Christianity
  • Features deep engagement with modern ecumenical discourse

Contents

  • Theological Perspectives
    • The Otherness of the Church
    • A People in the World
    • Why Ecclesiology Is Social Ethics: Gospel Ethics versus the Wider Wisdom
    • To Serve Our God and to Rule the World
  • Ecumenical Perspectives
    • Peace without Eschatology?
    • Let the Church Be the Church
    • Christ, the Light of the World
    • Christ, the Hope of the World
  • Ecumenical Responses
    • The Nature of the Unity We Seek: A Historic Free Church View
    • The Free Church Ecumenical Style
    • The Disavowal of Constantine: An Alternative Perspective on Interfaith Dialogue
    • Another “Free Church” Perspective on Baptist Ecumenism
    • A “Free Church” Perspective on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry
    • The Imperative of Christian Unity
    • Catholicity in Search of Location
  • Radical Catholicity
    • Binding and Loosing
    • Sacrament as Social Process: Christ the Transformer of Culture

Praise for the Print Edition

This volume is vintage Yoder, leaving no doubt why he is universally regarded as one of the most powerful, provocative, and unsettling authors in his field today. No one interested in Christian social ethics can afford to overlook this splendid collection of essays.

George Hunsinger, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton

Yoder carries a vision of the church catholic that stands as a witness in and to a church on the road toward a full communion, yet a witness that calls for reform at the deepest level for all Christians—Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic. His is an unsettling but unavoidable voice in the ecumenical conversation.

Jeffrey Gros, Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, National Conference of Catholic Bishops

Product Details

  • Title: The Royal Priesthood: Essays Ecclesiological and Ecumenical
  • Author: John Howard Yoder
  • Editor: Michael G. Cartwright
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 396

About John Howard Yoder

John Howard Yoder (1927–1997) taught ethics and theology at Notre Dame University and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He received his doctorate from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and was a member of the Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana. Widely sought around the world as a theological educator, ethicist, and interpreter of biblical pacifism, he is best known for writing The Politics of Jesus.