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Friendship Exploring Its Implications for the Church in Postmodernity by Steve Summers

Friendship Exploring Its Implications for the Church in Postmodernity


Friendship Exploring Its Implications for the Church in Postmodernity by Steve Summers

Is the Church a community of friends? Steve Summers explores the significance of friendship for our understanding of the church today. Since Jesus' statement in St John's gospel I call you friends the concept of friendship has had a huge influence on the Christian understanding of community. But is the historical understanding of friendship enough to serve the needs of the church in a post-modern age? Steve Summers explores the limits of the concept as well as it's possible use in contemporary ecclesiology.


'The church always exists in a tensive relationship with its surrounding culture. But the culture of postrnodernity, with its fragmentation of knowledge and individualism, seems to challenge the church's very existence. Dr. Steve Summers responds by showing how the human phenomenon of friendship opens up a deeper understanding of the fundamental character of the church that meets the challenge. The church is not an assembly of likeminded people with the same beliefs, but a community of friends that actualize something close to spiritual organicity in the face of rootlessness and dispersion. They participate by invitation in the Eucharistic meal of friends in the Lord; they create an open space for receiving others; they live on the basis of a common friendship with God. This is not an essay on church organization, but a probing account of the ontological condition of friends of God in Christ. Multidisciplinary in it sources, this theology probes beneath the surface of the church to reveal in a profound way its nature. It is a major contribution to ecclesiology.' - Roger Haight, S. J., Union Theological Seminary, New York, USA Roger Haight S.J.'

About the Author

Revd. Steve Summers is an Anglican parish priest in the Diocese of Portsmouth. He has a particular interest in how the Church engages with postmodern culture.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th October 2011


Steve Summers

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


218 pages


Christian theology
Christian life & practice



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