Like a Mighty Army?: The Salvation Army, the Church, and the Churches

Like a Mighty Army?: The Salvation Army, the Church, and the Churches

David W. Taylor

In 1937, ahead of the 1948 inauguration of the realm Council of church buildings, Karl Barth challenged the church buildings to have interaction in "real strict sober actual theology" so that the cohesion of the church should be visibly learned. at the moment The Salvation military didn't aspire to being officially often called a church, although it was once a founding member of the WCC. this day it really is globally referred to as a social welfare association, involved particularly to serve the wishes of these who locate themselves on the margins of society. much less renowned is that seventy years after Barth's problem it has made its peace with the view that it's a church denomination. Accepting Barth's problem to the church buildings, and in discussion together with his personal ecumenical ecclesiology, the idea that of the church as a military is interrogated, in provider to The Salvation Army's constructing knowing of its identification, and to the seen team spirit of God's church.

"This is a superb instance of the interaction of historic study, theological interrogation, and the research of rising ecclesiastical perform, good illustrating the influence of the psychological workout of old and theological enquiry upon the sensible concerns shortly confronting the Salvation military in exploring the character of its id and challenge within the sleek world."
--John H. Y. Briggs, collage of Birmingham, Birmingham, united kingdom

"This is a groundbreaking research in either process and content material. It explores with genuine honesty and readability the id and ontology of the church because the physique of Christ, together with a commendation of baptism and the Lord's Supper as methods of Christ's 'self-attestation.' Required interpreting for theologians and ecumenists."
--Timothy Bradshaw, collage of Oxford, Oxford, united kingdom

David Taylor is a Salvation military officer and after thirty years of management ministry in an area congregation, at the moment serves because the Co-ordinator of upper schooling on the Salvation Army's William sales space collage in London, uk.

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