Piety and Community

Paul H. Knutson

Article Type: Perspective

Publication Date: 4/1/1987

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

What is an appropriate piety? Where is Christian community? When we inquire about piety, we are trying to find out what sinners saved by grace look like after they have been following Jesus for a while. Another way to ask the same question would be to ask, "What is the story of a person's Christian life?" When we inquire about Christian community, we are asking about how Christians spend time with one another and the quality of their shared experience. When we use the word "community," we inevitably, and appropriately, think of its relationship to the word "communion," as in Holy Communion or Communion of Saints.

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