To guide his study, Cary engages the work of two theologians from outside the free church tradition: Robert Jenson and Rowan Williams. He then brings them into contact with the prominent free church theologian James McClendon in order to supplement some of the deficiencies Cary perceives in McClendon's groundbreaking work. Once these deficiencies are addressed, however, the question intensifies whether the free church tradition, as such, can remain a coherent ecclesial option over time.
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Table of Contents
Series Preface ix
1 Introduction 1
2 Recent Developments within the Free Church Tradition 11
3 Robert W. Jenson on Unity and Authority 39
4 Rowan Williams on Unity and Authority 97
5 James Wm. McClendon Jr: Assessment and Critique 156
6 Conclusion 193
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"This work inspires me as a Catholic and fills me with enormous gratitude for . . . [what] God is doing to heal Christian divisions of our own making. By drawing on theologians who ask similar catholic questions in other Christian communions, Cary is able to advance the Free Church tradition as one capable of conjoining the gift of freedom to the gift of being made one in Christ's body, the church. It is a feast of ecumenical hope."
C. C. Pecknold, The Catholic University of America
"No advocate or critic of the current quest in the Free Church tradition for a fuller catholicity and deeper commitment to the visible unity of the church catholic should proceed further in reflecting on this movement without reading, marking, and inwardly digesting this agenda-setting book."
Steven R. Harmon, Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity
"Virtually unnoticed in the midst of our fragmented society and divided church is a group of younger theologians in the Free Church tradition . . . Cary stands out in this group as one whose love for and depth of insight into his own church heritage, together with a well-honed ability to analyze and incorporate the wisdom of the larger church, is truly remarkable . . . It deserves a wide and careful read, not just by Free Church scholars, but by all Christians who are wrestling with this question."
Barry Harvey, Baylor University