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Douglas Knight on Church and World

Here’s an excellent quote from one of the books I’m reading while on the road. I’ll definitely be posting more on this fascinating book by Douglas Knight, which I think is one of the best pieces of constructive theology from last year. Look for a full review soon.

Of the church and the world, which represents a wider, and which a narrower, space? It is the church which is wider than the world. The world has a vanishing duration, while the church, and the new creation inaugurated in it, has an expanding duration. The church is an eschatological being, not a special case of relationships, the possibility of which is established elsewhere. The church is visible tip of the not yet visible company of heaven. This company is held together by God, and made visible by him to us on earth. The church understood on this eschatological definition, holds together what would otherwise drift apart. The church sustains the world, which has no unity of its own, and so the church represents that future in which the world will be spacious and free.

Douglas Knight, The Eschatological Economy: Time and the Hospitality of God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006), 17.


  1. Chris TerryNelson wrote:

    Thanks Halden. This book caught my eye as well, though I haven’t had time to read it all. Look for Knight to publish an article in Princeton Theological Review for next fall on the misreading of the OT as it affects one’s understanding of atonement.

    Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 5:18 pm | Permalink
  2. Solly wrote:

    A great book.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 4:00 pm | Permalink
  3. Matt Shedden wrote:

    Hey Halden,
    My name is Matthew Shedden and I am going to Seminary in Seattle and I was interested in learning more about EP (I am a recent endorser) and how it shapes your day to day life, the type of theology you are interested in, and also about the intentional community that you are a part of. My email address is on my blog.
    I am sorry to bug you but if you time I would enjoy the conversation with you.

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

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