The Anointed Church: Toward a Third Article Ecclesiology by Greg Liston
Gregory J. Liston, The Anointed Church: Toward a Third Article Ecclesiology, Fortress Press, 2015.
The phrase Third Article Theology is used in two senses: first, to characterize a methodological approach that intentionally starts with the Spirit, and second, as the theological understanding that emerges from this approach. Over recent decades, Spirit Christology has utilized the approach of Third Article Theology to gain significant insight into the person and life of Christ. The Anointed Church extends this work, providing the first constructive and systematic ecclesiology developed through the approach of Third Article Theology. Gregory J. Liston argues that a pneumatological lens irreducibly informs the connection between other theological doctrines and ecclesiology. Utilizing this insight, the Church is examined from the vantage points of Christology and the Trinity through such a pneumatological lens. The constituent features of a Third Article Ecclesiology developed in this manner are compared and contrasted with critical evaluations of ecclesiological understandings developed through alternative approaches, particularly those of Barth, Zizioulas, and Volf.
About the Author: Greg Liston lectures in systematic theology at Carey Baptist College and Laidlaw College in Auckland (ACT affiliated). He has PhDs in quantum physics and systematic theology.