Integrity means both honesty and wholeness. Alan Sell examines this concept by posing some searching questions: Is Christian thought an intruder in secular education? How are crucial Christian doctrines to be held together? On what grounds should churches address ethical issues? Does Christian disunity deny the gospel? Is Christian mission justifiable in a pluralistic world? How can local churches become better centers of pastoral integrity? Sell addresses each of these important issues in separate chapters of this scholarly yet readable book.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"I know of no other work comparable to this in any way. What Sell says is important. The topics of each chapter are significant for the church and for theological inquiry.... Sell has tried to show that these several topics may be approached through the rubric of 'integrity' (honesty, wholeness) and conversely 'to examine what honesty and wholeness do and might mean in relation to Christian faith and practice'...His work holds a unique place."
Donald K. McKim, editor, Westminster John Knox Press, and ordained Presbyterian minister
Alan P.F. Sell
Alan P. F. Sell, of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Chester, is a philosopher-theologian and ecumenist with strong interests in the history of Christian thought in general, and of the Reformed and Dissenting traditions in particular. A minister of The United Reformed Church, he has held rural and urban pastorates, has served from Geneva as Theological Secretary of the World Alliance (now Communion) of Reformed Churches, and has held academic posts in England, Canada, and Wales. He has earned the rarely-awarded senior doctorates, DD and DLitt, is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Historical Society, and holds honorary doctorates from the USA, Hungary, Canada, and Romania. He is the author of more than thirty books, and the editor of others. Ever seeking to hold together what belongs together, he explores the relations between philosophy, theology and apologetics, Christian ethics and moral philosophy, and doctrine in relation to spirituality and the ecumenical quest.