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Treasure in Earthen Vessels: The Church as a Human Community

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When first published in 1961, Treasure in Earthen Vessels was hailed by H. Richard Niebuhr as "the first real sociology of the church." In this landmark work, James M. Gustafson examines the church as a human institution that must, and does, participate in the social structure of all human communities. His penetrating analysis remains an important contribution to the dialo ...more
Paperback, 141 pages
Published December 15th 2008 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Concise and well-written analysis of the church as a human community. Gustafson writes on the church from a social sciences perspective, offering insights that can be useful for theological integration.

In partcular he analyzes the social reality of the church in what it shares with other human communities. Prescinding from any analysis of divine origin, Gustafson highlights four core areas churches share with any natural, political, and human social community:

a process of communication - Church
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