The Church's Public Presence

Jennifer M. McBride

in The Church for the World

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755684
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932160 | DOI:
The Church's Public Presence

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This chapter builds upon the christology of the earlier chapters and examines ecclesiology directly. It considers how the church may be at once a sinful body and a body that reveals Christ. It argues that Christ wills the taking on of a visible form in order to reveal his concrete presence in history, yet the reality of sinful human beings comprising the church necessitates that, in order to be a redemptive public presence, the church must reciprocally take Christ's form as the one who accepted guilt and took responsibility for sin. This chapter describes the ecclesial outworking of this form by showing how confession unto repentance may guide the church into specific social and political engagement and argues that taking responsibility for sin is the definitive activity of the church. Because the church's exposed sin is incorporated into the logic of witness itself, public engagement based on confession and repentance resists triumphalism

Keywords: ecclesiology; church; community; confession; repentance; political engagement; responsibility; guilt; witness; body

Chapter.  14617 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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