From Isolation to Community

A Renewed Vision for Christian Life Together

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It is no secret that isolation is one of the key ailments of our age. But less explored is the way the church as it is frequently practiced contributes to this isolation instead of offering an alternative. With the help of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, this book argues for a renewed vision of the church community as a theological therapy to cultural, moral, and sociological isolation. It offers an account of how familiar church practices, such as Scripture reading, worship, prayer, and eating, contribute to community formation in the body of Christ.


Introduction: Naming Our Problem: Isolation and the Human Condition
Part 1: Isolation and the Structure of the World
1. Life in Isolation, Then and Now
2. The Church and the Practice of Isolation
3. The Logic of Bodily Community
Part 2: The New World of Christian Community
4. Renewing Common Life
5. Restructuring Private Life
6. Renewing the Shape of Ministry
7. Life Together Made Visible: Confession and Communion
Conclusion: After Isolation, in Isolation

The Author

  1. Myles Werntz
    Tammy Marcelain

    Myles Werntz

    Myles Werntz (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of theology and director of Baptist studies at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author or editor of several books, including Bodies of Peace and A Field Guide to...

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