“Figures of freedom ": new monastic communities as a study in radical Free Church ecclesiology
LE3 .A278 2021
Master of Arts
Acadia Divinity College
Based on the figural dynamism of the Scriptures and the convictions of Free Church Baptistic thinkers such as James Wm. McClendon, jr., radical expressions of New Monasticism qualify as a viable ecclesial expression and contribute to how churches can faithful live out the way of Jesus Christ in the present culture. Thus, this thesis attempts to rectify this discrepancy by demonstrating New Monasticism's viability and its opportunity as a radical contribution to Free Church ecclesiology. New Monastic communities are a radical expression of the Christian Church and are justified given the following: (1) the figural centre of the cross, kingdom, and Spirit of the New Testament ecclesiology, displaying both diversity and dynamism; (2) the central convictions of Free Church ecclesiology as developed in James Wm. McClendon jr.'s baptist theology; and (3), that it succeeds in practically living out the 'Jesus Way' in a way that could encourage other Free Churches to explore contextual possibilities.
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