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Pioneer Ministry Paperback – 1 Oct 1975

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing; New edition edition (Oct. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281028540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281028542
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,182,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written at the time of the union of the Church of South India, it sets out to justify that union as having a 'valid' ministry. It surveys the ideas of ministry in the New Testament, showing anglo—catholic views such as that in Kirk's 'The Apostolic Ministry' to be based on a fallacy — that view sees the Priesthood as existing to lift up the world to God but constituted on its own, apart from the laity and passed on through a relay—race style laying on of hands by which an episcopus vaganti could validly ordain a crank yet an orthodox free churchman exercising a ministry amongst a faithful congregation is not valid. The pattern Hanson sees is first that of Judaism — the Jews are chosen to inter¬cede and to witness to the nations to bring them under God’s rule. That is narrowed down to the 'Remnant' of 2nd Isaiah and finally narrowed down to Christ. He sends his apostles to be the remnant after his death and they found churches in every place which is the 'remnant' in that place. The ministry exists to meditate that apostolicity so that the laity may share it and further it. This ties in closely with the representative idea of priesthood as 'sign'. It is interesting that I developed my idea of priesthood through reading modern catholic and reformed theologians and came to my view of priesthood and then to find these views in this book of twenty—four years ago. The hierarchy of the Vatican and the extreme anglo—catholics seem still to be holding out for a vicarial priesthood but the consensus everywhere else seems to ve that of a representative priesthood.

This book accepts the priesthood of the laity, conferred in baptism, which, mediates ministry to the world and it is encouraging to see a book on priesthood which gives due place to the laity.
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