Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)

Department

Divinity College

Supervisor

Steven M. Studebaker

Co-Supervisor

Phil Zylla

Language

English

Abstract

This thesis argues that the Body of Christ is an effective metaphor for envisioning healthy Christian community in contemporary North American culture. The Body of Christ metaphor fosters a vision of the alternative community of God that addresses the problem of (unhealthy) displacement and revitalizes the way in which Christians embrace and embody God's mission. Deeper reflection on the biblical metaphor of the Body of Christ assists the church in reflecting on its core identity as the people called by God to share in his mission in the contemporary context. The core identity of the Christian community that this thesis explores includes its nature ('being') and function ('doing'). To conclude, this thesis appraises 'intentional Christian communities' as one contextual application of biblical community that lives out the Body of Christ metaphor.

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