At the Third Altar: The Vocation of the Church in the World

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This article examines the theological basis for the church's responsibility to care for the poor. It does this by analysing a sermon of John Chrysostom in which the concept of three altars is appealed to; the third altar being the altar of the poor. It concludes that for the church of Jesus Christ to be a church it has to be orientated outwards to the poor and marginalised.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking the Word of God Fully Known
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Church, Culture, and Mission in Honour of Archbishop Philip Freier
EditorsPaul Barker, Bradley Billings
Place of PublicationEugene, Oregon
PublisherWipf & Stock Publishers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781725259102
ISBN (Print)9781725259089
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameAustralian College of Theology Monograph Series

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  • church, culture, mission, bible, indigenous, women


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