By David W. Taylor
In 1937, sooner than the 1948 inauguration of the area Council of church buildings, Karl Barth challenged the church buildings to interact in "real strict sober actual theology" so that the harmony of the church may be visibly discovered. at the moment The Salvation military didn't aspire to being officially referred to as a church, although it was once a founding member of the WCC. this day it truly is globally often called a social welfare association, involved particularly to serve the desires of these who locate themselves on the margins of society. much less popular 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 along with his personal ecumenical ecclesiology, the concept that of the church as a military is interrogated, in provider to The Salvation Army's constructing realizing of its id, and to the seen team spirit of God's church.
"This is an excellent instance of the interaction of historic study, theological interrogation, and the research of rising ecclesiastical perform, good illustrating the effect of the psychological workout of old and theological enquiry upon the sensible matters shortly confronting the Salvation military in exploring the character of its identification and venture within the smooth world."
--John H. Y. Briggs, collage of Birmingham, Birmingham, united kingdom
"This is a groundbreaking research in either approach and content material. It explores with genuine honesty and readability the identification 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 studying for theologians and ecumenists."
--Timothy Bradshaw, college 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.