The doctrine of the church is an often neglected aspect of theology. In an age of individualism and do-it-yourself Christianity, this teaching is perhaps more important than ever.
In this classic work, three nineteenth-century German theologians explain the theology and practices of the church from three separate angles. In the first, Ernst Luthardt overviews the Scriptural basis for the church from both the Old and New Testament. In the second, Karl Friedrich August Kahnis discusses the history of the doctrine of the church from the Patristic era through the medieval period, and then in the Reformation. In the final series of essays, Benno Brückner speaks to the problems of the church in his day.
Though first published in 1867, the work of these theologians continues to impact Christian witness today, and the church would be wise to heed advise from these bright lights of its past.
The Church: Its Origin, Its History, Its Present Position by Luthardt, Kahnis and Brückner (Classics in Dogmatics)