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Discipleship - that being a Christian is about learning and

discovering, acting and responding, choosing and collaborating - is both a primordial Christian theme and

a re-discovery of the mid-twentieth century.

But how does one discover its meaning? For some it means programmes -

like turning out a product, ignoring the

individuality of each's path. Others emphasize the group, forgetting that every

community's richness is valuing its members' diversity. Is discipleship the way

of the loner and community-ignoring? But social beings learn discipleship in

communities. Community is not simply the club of like-minded individuals but

should model a new way of being.

To uncover what discipleship means, we must read the New Testament

with the awareness that how we see the world of the early Jesus followers is

radically different from the inherited theological underpinning of many

churches. This book takes our historical awareness seriously, and examines what

biblical, historical, and archaeological research can tell us about

discipleship today.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian Churches & denominationsReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian life & practice Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd Publication Date: 27/10/2022 ISBN-13: 9780227177372  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Thomas O'Loughlin is an historical theologian. He seeks to pose theological questions within their historical framework, and bring all the insights that careful historical research can reveal to be a primary means for theology. He writes on early Christian communities and how they expressed themselves in their writings, and on liturgy: how Christians express themselves in ritual. He is Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology in the University of Nottingham.

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