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  • Print publication year: 1997
  • Online publication date: May 2006

3 - The basis and authority of doctrine



At the end of the second Christian millennium it has once again become possible for the church to remember itself as a people called to bear witness to the future now. It has no settlement in past or present; but looks forward to that which it awaits even as it arrives. Through trust in the promises of Christ the church has hope of tomorrow: looking for that which it recollects in the present; in its ever renewed meeting with its Lord, in the table-fellowship he gives of himself. This is the old news that is forever new: the announcement of an ancient postmodernity.

The church's postmodernity is different from that which Fredric Jameson identifies as the cultural logic of late capitalism, yet it is the arrival of the latter which allows the church to once more recall its freedom from the law of the present.