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The Mercersburg theology and the quest for reformed catholicity 1 edition

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In the mid nineteenth century, Reformed churchmen John Nevin and Philip Schaff launched a fierce attack on the reigning subjectivist and rationalist Protestantism of their day, giving birth to what is known as the "Mercersburg Theology." Their attempt to recover a high doctrine of the sacraments and the visible Church, among other things, led them into bitter controversy with Charles Hodge of Princeton Seminary, as well as several other prominent contemporaries. This book examines the contours of the disagreement between Mercersburg and Hodge, focusing on four loci in particular-Christology, ecclesiology, sacramentology, and church history. W. Bradford Littlejohn argues that, despite certain weaknesses in their theological method, the Mercersburg men offered a more robust and historically grounded paradigm for the Reformed faith than did Hodge. In the second part of the book, Littlejohn explores the value of the Mercersburg Theology as a bridgehead for ecumenical dialogue, uncovering parallels between Nevin's thought and prominent themes in Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox theology, as well as recent debates within Reformed theology. This thorough study of one of the most creative movements in American theology offers an alluring vision of the quest for Reformed catholicity that is more relevant today than ever. - Publisher.

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The Mercersburg theology and the quest for reformed catholicity
W. Bradford Littlejohn

Published 2009 by Pickwick Publications in Eugene, Or .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The silenced seers
Situating the Mercersburg theology
Hodge offers his two cents: two case studies
Paradigms in collision: what was at stake in the Mercersburg-Princeton debate
The dons across the pond: Mercersburg and the Oxford Movement
Facing east: Mercersburg and Eastern Orthodoxy
The church as "catholic" and the Catholic Church: Mercersburg and the nouvelle théologie
Lessons from Mercersburg.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-189) and index.


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BX9571 .L58 2009

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