A Theology of Ecclesial Charisms
Division, Diversity, and Unity argues that the theology of ecclesial charisms can account for legitimately diverse specialized vocational movements in the Church but cannot account for a legitimate diversity of separated churches. Pedlar tests and develops his constructive proposal against the fascinating and conflicted histories of two evangelistic movements: the Paulist Fathers and The Salvation Army. While the proposed theology of ecclesial charisms stakes out a legitimate and important place in the Church for specialized movements, it excludes any attempt to justify the permanent separation of an ecclesial body on the basis of an appeal to an ecclesial charism.
About the author
JAMES E. PEDLAR is Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology. He is a member of the Canadian Roman Catholic–Evangelical Dialogue and previously served on the staff of the Canadian Council of Churches.
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