Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power in the Church of the First Three Centuries

The issue of authority in the church what constitutes authority, and who has it has been one of the foremost issues throughout church history, including the modern church.The practice of the early church and the writings of the New Testament are of primary importance for understanding the problem of authority We can enhance our understanding further by taking into consiThe issue of authority in the church what constitutes authority, and who has it has been one of the foremost issues throughout church history, including the modern church.The practice of the early church and the writings of the New Testament are of primary importance for understanding the problem of authority We can enhance our understanding further by taking into consideration the sociological phenomena surrounding any emergent social group that traverses a path from charismatic leadership to formal governing structures.Von Campenhausen s masterful blending of historical assessment with sociological analysis makes this work a fundamental resource for the study of the development of the early church and the writings of the New Testament This is a fine book which demonstrates the author s deep learning and his grasp of the whole complex history of the Church in the first three centuries Within the limits he has set for himself, however, the author has written a work of great value and significance A wealth of topics, including the development of the Church s penitential discipline and the power of the Keys as a factor in arousing the self awareness of the clergy, receive the stamp of his erudition In days when authority remains one of the divisive elements in Christendom, theologians of all traditions will find this work indispensable W H C Frend, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power in the Church of the First Three Centuries The issue of authority in the church what constitutes authority and who has it has been one of the foremost issues throughout church history including the modern church The practice of the early chu

  • Title: Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power in the Church of the First Three Centuries
  • Author: Hans Von Campenhausen
  • ISBN: 9781565632721
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Ecclesiastical Authority and Spiritual Power in the Church of the First Three Centuries”

    1. This book reflects the best of the old Protestant "mainline" academic work. Campenhausen summarizes the teaching of the New Testament regarding church authority, "office," and the presence of the Holy Spirit, and then he surveys the key literature from the 2nd and 3rd centuries. He makes a convincing case that there were always two "schools" present. The one emphasized the objective role of church office and the power of the "keys" to the kingdom (essentially the role of clergy in overseeing pen [...]

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