The Church in the World: Shifting Notions of Ecclesial Identity among North American Mennonites
Version of Record online: 6 MAR 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals and Dialog, Inc.
Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 53–61, March 2012
How to Cite
Roberts, L. S. (2012), The Church in the World: Shifting Notions of Ecclesial Identity among North American Mennonites. Dialog, 51: 53–61. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6385.2011.00654.x
- Issue online: 6 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 6 MAR 2012
- Mennonite identity;
- Mennonite ecclesiology;
- Anabaptist vision;
- social responsibility;
- Mennonite social ethics
Abstract: At mid-century, Harold S. Bender's “The Anabaptist Vision” provided a definition of sixteenth-century Anabaptist tradition that clarified the self-understanding of its contemporary Mennonite heirs and by which their faithfulness to the tradition might be judged. Critics of the vision, such as J. Lawrence Burkholder, sought reformulations of the vision's central tension between separation from and integration into “the world,” calling for greater social responsibility and for a recognition that the ambiguities of human existence extend to the church, of necessity qualifying its lived expressions of radical discipleship.