Recent theology offers few attempts to come to grips with the meaning and implications of the ascension of Jesus. Professor Farrow begins with a discussion of the biblical treatment of the ascension and Eucharistic celebration, from which emerges the unique ecclesial worldview. There are chapters on the treatment of these ideas by Irenaeus, Origen and Augustine, and on developments up to the Reformation. He explores the link between ideas of the ascension, cosmology and ecclesiology. Farrow goes on to examine the difficulties faced by the doctrine of ascension in the modern scientific world. In a final chapter he calls for an ecclesiology, which does not marginalize the human Jesus.
This book is also part of the Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)
It is nothing less than a theological breakthrough.
—Professor Ellen Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary
A key study of an important but neglected topic. Farrow demonstrates admirably how much in theology depends upon a right approach to the ascension.
—Professor Miroslav Volf, Yale University
This is a most important book. Professor Farrow’s meticulous scholarship and penetrating theological judgment will together guarantee this study a long life and widespread influence.
—Professor Colin E. Gunton, King’s College, London