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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The author calls the present-day church to once again be the "contrast society," which attracts non-believers by living what it preaches and by being different without being narrowly sectarian. ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published November 30th 1983)
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Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man!! This book is still relevant to the churches of today!!! Some amazing insights on what the original community of Jesus presents as a model for current congregations.
If you are looking for what community is in the Christian tradition, read this!!
Kyle Johnson
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"Jesus' ethic was aimed toward an eschatological, renewed people of God. It was not directed toward the isolated individual, for isolated individuals are simply not in a position to exemplify and to live the social dimension of the reign of God."

This was a short, but surprisingly dense, book that offered a thorough, challenging, and energizing overview of Jesus' relationship to "community." More specifically, the theme of community is developed through four lenses: Jesus and Israel, Jesus and th
Dennis Podryadchikov
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
In his “Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of Christian Faith”, Gerhard Lohfink responds to the question whether Jesus really founded a church. Not only he answers positively, Lohfink also promotes his perception of Jesus’ community as a contrast-society. Lohfink delineates many characteristics of such a society, such as somewhat radical brotherly love. Yet, the reader wished that the writer answer not only the question that something is necessary but also explain how to go about applying ...more
Paul Rack
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding and very, very important book. It presents Jesus as a community organizer. He established a community and taught people how to live together in love and justice. The church grows by being a living example of Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Miracles, especially of healing, are supposed to happen in the church; they are a sign of the Spirit. The church is an alternative community displaying values of non-violence and non-domination. It is about what we DO as a community, exh ...more
This is a thorough and fascinating book about how Jesus viewed community as the primary tool of salvation for the nations. It is far more complex than its simple title would lead one to believe. Very much worth the read if you are interested in the thoughts and functions of the early church (beginning with Jesus and moving through the 3rd century), specifically with regard to the church's function as a unique community within but separate from society. ...more
Kate Davis
Lohfink sets out to establish that God, Jesus, and the Church are not about religious individualism: emphasis has always been on the community. While it would be incredibly helpful for those who desire biblical support for such a claim (I can think of a few individualists to whom I would love to hand this book), if you're already on board with the whole "community is important" lifestyle, you can probably skip it. ...more
Apr 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
A little sluggish at times, but otherwise good. Invigorates you with all of the importance of living in community under the discipleship of Christ.
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Rev. Father Gerhard Lohfink was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tübingen. Since 1986, he has lived and worked as a theologian for the Catholic Integrated Community. His many books include Does God Need the Church? (Liturgical Press, 1999).

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