The Proclaimed and Visible Word

Peter H. Van Ness

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1987

Issue: The Search for God (Vol. 7, No 2, Spring, 1987)

Unfortunately the theological promise of the Christian Church as a source of renewal in community life has not always been historically fulfilled. Historical theologians have long recorded the manifold divisions that have beset the Christian Church and have assiduously interpreted the variety of miscommunications between the separated Christian communions. The thesis of this essay is that this historical legacy has bequeathed to some contemporary Christian worship a series of theological divisions that impede Christian community life and hamper the attainment of meaning and coherence in this context.

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