By Francis A. Sullivan

ISBN-10: 0809105349

ISBN-13: 9780809105342

during this ebook exotic theologian, instructor and author Francis Sullivan examines the origins and improvement of the episcopacy within the early church. one of many concerns he concentrates on specifically is the church-dividing personality of the query no matter if bishops are the successors of the apostles by way of divine establishment, with the outcome that legitimate ministry is determined by ordination via bishops within the old apostolic succession.

Ecumenical dialogues have produced no contract in this subject. at the one hand Catholics, Orthodox and so much Anglicans educate that episcopal ordination within the apostolic succession is critical for legitimate orders and ministry. yet Protestants insist that there's no proof within the New testomony for a divine establishment of the episcopate.

Using basic resources, Sullivan explores facts for the improvement of the episcopate, first within the New testomony, then in Christian writings as much as the center of the 3rd century. His thought-provoking paintings should be welcomed through specialist theologians and critical scholars of theology, for whom it is going to turn out to be a huge source for extra ecclesiological study.

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