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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.
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION Methodology Scholarship Structure SECTION ONE Chapter 1 - ‘YOU ARE MY FRIENDS' A textual survey Chapter 2 - FRIENDSHIP'S POSTMODERN CONTEXT SECTION TWO Chapter 3 - FRIENDSHIP IN THE CLASSICAL ERA AND BEYOND Chapter 4 - A THEOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING OF FRIENDSHIP Chapter 5 - FRIENDS - THE SELF AND THE OTHER SECTION THREE Chapter 6 - FRIENDSHIP'S PARTICULARITY Chapter 7 - THE CHURCH - A COMMUNITY OF FRIENDS CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY