A Book for Today – Douglas Farrow, Ascension and Ecclesia

Today we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord. I would like to mark this day by recommending a very important book on the theological importance of this event in the life of Christ, which precedes with ten days the celebration of Pentecost.

Farrow - Ascesion and Ecclesia

Douglas Farrow – Ascension and Ecclesia: On the Significance of the Doctrine of the Ascension for Ecclesiology and Christian Cosmology

Here is a short presentation of this book from Amazon website:

Recent theology offers few attempts to come to grips with the meanings and implications of the ascension of Jesus. / Professor Farrow makes his approach through the scriptures, the Eucharistic liturgy, the fathers and the reformers, before tracing his subject into modern times. He not only demonstrates that the doctrine of the ascension has played a much larger role in the history of Christian and western thought than is generally realized, but tackles many of the difficult questions others have been content to ignore.

Farrow - Ascesion Theology

In 2011, Doug has published a reworking of this theme, for a larger audience. The book is called Ascension Theology.

Douglas Farrow

Dr. Douglas Farrow, an Anglican convert to Catholicism, whom I had the privilege of meeting during my doctoral studies in the UK, while he was teaching with the late Colin Gunton at King’s College, is presently Professor of Christian Thought at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He also visited Romania in mid-nineties, and taught at Emanuel University, where I was his host. It was during a discussion I had in his home in South London after a delightful dinner prepared by his wife, that ‘the penny dropped’, and I was able to formulate the hermeneutical core of my PhD thesis, the ‘perichoretic model of the Church’. Thanks, again, Dr. Farrow.


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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