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Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World

 
 
 
 
Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before the Watching World
Author: YODER JOHN
ISBN 13: 9780836191608
ISBN 10: 836191609
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Herald Pr
Publication Date: 2001-06-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 88
List Price: $14.99
 
 

These five New Testament practices were central in the life of the early Christian community. Some of them are still echoed in the practice of the church today. But the full social, ethical, and communal meaning of the original practices has often been covered over by centuries of ritual and interpretation. John Howard Yoder, in his inimitably direct and discerning style, uncovers the original meaning of the five practices, and shows why the recovery of these practices is so important for the social, economic, and political witness of the church today. Body Politics sets forth the political meaning of the Body of Christ--that the church may truly be the church, and that the world may see its witness.

Bluffton College - Gerald J. Biesecker-Mast

Binding and loosing, baptism, eucharist, multiplicity of gifts, and open meeting; these five New Testament practices were central in the life of the early Christian community. Some of them are still echoed in the practice of the church today. But the full social, ethical, and communal meaning of the original practices has often been covered by centuries of ritual and interpretation.

John Howard Yoder, in his inimitably direct and discerning style, uncovers the original meaning of the five practices and shows why the recovery of these practices is so important for the social, economic, and political witness of the church today.

"Protestant Christians are often tempted to think of the public practices of the church as ornamental or secondary representations of more fundamental theological realities such as personal spirituality or social ethics. In Body Politics, Yoder shows how the communication practices of the church-from decision making to baptism to table-fellowship-constitute the building materials for God's coming reign."