Theologian and church historian Catherine Gunsalus González studies three often-overlooked books in the New Testament, 1 and 2 Peter and the Letter of Jude. These writings from the late first century or early second century helped guide the young church as it faced a variety of issues, both internal to the church’s life and external in the social and political culture in which it was growing. The letters help us focus on the character of the church and the importance of congregations in the church’s ongoing life. They raise basic issues of authority for how the church knows the directions to follow, how Christians should live, and how diverse views should be considered. González uses a variety of resources to illuminate these letters. She very helpfully centers on their theological importance for contemporary churches and for Christian living.
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Catherine Gunsalus González is professor emeritus of church history at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous articles. Her books include (with Justo L. González) Heretics for Armchair Theologians.