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Resonance and Dissonance between Church and Society

Ames, Stephen (2004) Resonance and Dissonance between Church and Society. In: Church and Civil Society: A Theology of Engagement. ATF Press, Adelaide, pp. 144-173. ISBN 1920691197

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Abstract

The orientation of the paper is summed up in the view that the mission of the church is to bear witness to the kind of world this is. This witness is not just in the terms with which the world bears testimony to itself, but also and especially in terms of the kind of God revealed in Christ. The task is to draw out the dissonances and resonances between these two testimonies and how we should act on them for the well being of the church and the world.

What makes for a healthy church? I take ‘health’ to mean wellbeing,indeed abundant well-being and I believe that scripture,theology, reason and commonsense would agree. In the light of scripture and theology what is the abundant well-being that ought to characterise a healthy church?

I believe that the well-being of the church is enhanced or diminished depending on whether and to what extent our way of being church aligns with, or goes against the grain of our being in Christ. Therefore I believe that the church’s well being is in being faithful and fruitful: being faithful to the being and doing of God in Christ; being fruitful is what grows in, is produced by and results from
being faithful. What shall we say of our being in Christ?

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: church, society
Fields of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Rev Dr Stephen JAH Ames
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 02:28
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 02:28
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3412

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