Communities of Restoration
T&T Clark, 2017, xiv + 274, hbk, £63
Over the past several decades, a number of leading theologians have sought to reframe discourses on Christian ethics by asserting that communal formation in the context of the church is the proper basis for a distinctively Christian moral vision. This movement towards ‘ecclesial ethics’ is founded on an understanding that character is most immediately formed in and through the concrete practices of a worshipping community whose members aspire to pattern their lives after the ‘story’ of Jesus as revealed in the narratives of scripture. Proponents of this view tend to present the church as a dynamic community which resists the dominant ‘script’ of the surrounding culture, and learns to inhabit an alternative way of life in communion with God and neighbour.