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Corpus Christi: The Nature of the Church According to the Reformed Tradition

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Christians do not always mean the same thing when they speak of "the Church." What is held about the nature of the Church is of great importance because it is intimately connected with what is held about the nature of Christ. The purpose of this book is to present the Reformed tradition on the subject.

At the outset, the author gives a brief sketch of the four main traditio
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Wipf & Stock Publishers (first published 2004)
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Peter N.
One of the great dangers of modern thinking, especially reformed thinking, is to be too narrow in our views. We believe that our local expression of the universal church is the only possible way for it to be done. MacGregor helpfully corrects this error by examining the doctrine of the church in the reformed tradition. Here are the strengths of the book:

He emphasizes the corporate nature of the church in the reformers and later reformed theology. This is a great corrective to viewing the church
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Matt Carpenter
This book opened my eyes to the richness of the Scottish Reformed tradition. Before anyone who is Reformed pronounces someone else a heretic, he should read this book. It explains how catholicity was present in the earliest Scottish Presbyterians and how much of that has been lost. That chapters on baptism, communion, and bishops were very helpful.

One caveat though; the author brings a historical-critical perspective of the Scriptures with him. It is not blatant, but obvious enough if you know
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Steven Wedgeworth
Excellent treatment of the doctrine of the church. This one is particularly helpful for its explanation of ordination and the early Scots polity.
Steve
Excellent. A bit liberal in places, in passing, but on the nail regarding Calvin, union with Christ, sacraments and the church.
John
This should be required reading for everyone in the Reformed tradition.
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