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An American Vision of the Church

The Church in American Protestant Theology 1937-1967


Thomas Riplinger

The renaissance of ecclesiological thinking among American and Canadian Protestants since the thirties comes to light. In marked contrast to their European partners, theologians of the Church in North America were forced to wrestle theologically with the historical and sociological factors underlying ecclesiastical unity and diversity. From their common efforts in a succession of ecumenical study-groups and commissions emerge the outlines of a new theological method integrating dogma and experience, theory and practice.