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Marks of the Body of Christ

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Eerdmans 1999

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Overview

Martin Luther once listed seven “marks” of the church—those defining ecclesial features that show where the true church is to be found. This insightful volume brings together essays by 10 leading Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Orthodox theologians, each analyzing one of the seven traditional marks of the church and discussing how it is found, or not found, in today’s churches.

Writing about each “mark” of the church are these scholars: Gerhard O. Forde and Richard Lischer on proclamation; Susan K. Wood and John H. Erickson on baptism; K. Paul Wesche and Richard A. Norris Jr. on the Eucharist; David S. Yeago on the office of the Keys; Carl E. Braaten on ordination; Robert W. Jenson on catechesis; and William J. Abraham on discipleship.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes each of Luther’s traditional seven marks of the church
  • Evaluates how the church today reflects the seven marks
  • Presents the perspectives of leading Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Orthodox theologians.

Contents and Contributors

  • In Place of a Preface: Martin Luther on “Seven Marks of the Church”
  • “The Word That Kills and Makes Alive” by Gerhard O. Forde
  • “Resurrection and Rhetoric” by Richard Lischer
  • “Baptism as a Mark of the Church” by Susan K. Wood
  • “Baptism and the Church’s Faith” by John H. Erickson
  • “The Eucharist as the Criterion of Orthodoxy: A Study of St. Ignatius of Antioch” by K. Paul Wesche
  • “The Eucharist in the Church” by Richard A. Norris Jr.
  • “The Office of the Keys: On the Disappearance of Discipline in Protestant Modernity” by David S. Yeago
  • “The Special Ministry of the Ordained” by Carl E. Braaten
  • “Catechesis for Our Time” by Robert W. Jenson
  • “On Making Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ” by William J. Abraham

Praise for the Print Edition

This is a delightful romp through Luther’s seven marks of the church. . . . Is it possible that the North American evangelical world will start taking its ecclesiology seriously again? This book is a hopeful sign.

Calvin Theological Journal

Insofar as the authors offer not only descriptive, but critical, insight on proclamation, baptism, Eucharist, the office of the Keys, ordination, catechesis, and discipleship, they invite wide ecumenical discussion on the state of the Christian church today.

Religious Studies Review

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About the Editors

Carl E. Braaten is professor emeritus of systematic theology at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and former executive director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. He is the author of Who Is Jesus? Disputed Questions and Answers and Because of Christ: Memoirs of a Lutheran Theologian, and the editor of Church Unity and the Papal Office.

Robert W. Jenson is codirector of the Institute for Theological Inquiry and was cofounder and longtime associate director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. Jenson is the author of Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Ezekiel and Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Song of Songs, and the coeditor of Union with Christ: The New Finnish Interpretation of Luther.

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