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The Marks of the Church and Renewal

The Marks of the Church and Renewal
By Ron Dart

In The Marks of the Church and Renewal, originally published in 1994, Ron Dart explores through a series of short articles how authentic renewal is to be found not in the turning away from the Great Tradition, but where heed is paid to those Christian essentials which the historic and cumulative wisdom of the past have set as sure signposts to our faith journey—the perennial truths which are the notae ecclesiae, when understood in a deep and mature way, direct us towards a living church, one that is both renewed as well as renewing. There is an unfortunate tendency within contemporary Christianity to sever theology and ecclesiology—an impulse which attempts to push aside the Church as an encumbering social reality while holding high spirituality or Christ as though representing a preferred alternative. Yet, can one truly love Christ while maligning and refusing his Church? —Christ and the corpus Christi being one, an authentic Christianity is to be known not by a claim of devotion to an ideal which seeks to transcend that body, but by a commitment to the defining features of Christ’s body: the marks of the Church.

Professor Ron Dart has taught in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, British Columbia, since 1990. He was on staff with Amnesty International in the 1980s. He is the political science advisor to the Stephen Leacock Home and Museum, and serves on the board of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and the Society of Archbishop Secker. He has published more than thirty books, served as an editor for The Anglican Catholic, and The Friend: The High Tory Review, and has contributed poems, articles, and reviews to a wide range of publications in both North America and the United Kingdom. Ron Dart is a leading authority on the North American High-Red Tory religio-political tradition.

viii + 23 pages
American Anglican Press, 2015
ISBN-10: 0-9963248-1-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-9963248-1-6

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