Hans Schwarz zum 75. Geburtstag- Hans Schwarz on the Occasion of his 75 th Birthday
Edited By Matthias Heesch, Thomas Kothmann and Craig L. Nessan
The 39 contributions to this special issue develop the theme Theology in Engagement with Church and Politics from a variety of perspectives. Alongside the exploration of historical aspects, both contemporary political questions and ethical dilemmas are examined. Further contributions are devoted to the reflection upon practical theology, Christian congregational praxis, and contextual studies, which demonstrate the political and cultural relevance of this theme beyond Europe. The international circle of authors is constituted largely of colleagues and students of Professor Hans Schwarz, systematic theologian from Regensburg, Germany. In conjunction with the 2014 University of Regensburg Summer School, the authors dedicate this volume to the lifetime achievement of Hans Schwarz on the occasion of his 75
Ecclesiality: Ecclesial Ontology in its Nascent and Bounded Forms
Kurt Anders Richardson
This essay explores “ecclesiality” – individual and smallest clusters of Christians as ecclesial in formative stages of faith and witness. Ecclesiology needs to shift away from the vision that church is only church when it is organized. In conclusion five rules of Christian identity are presented.
“The eunuch asked Philip, ‘About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, ‘Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?’He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:34-39).
This text provides an ecclesiological moment of the nascent church in its missional setting. The Ethiopian is a literate man – the treasurer of the Ethiopian kingdom, perhaps a Jew who is returning from pilgrimage to Jerusalem. As the charioting official reads out-loud of Isaiah’s Suffering Servant, Philip comes near to interpret for him its meaning as Jesus crucified and risen. Once he has heard “the good news about Jesus” the...
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