The Distinctive Identity of the Church
A Constructive Study of the Post-Christendom Theologies of Lesslie Newbigin and John Howard Yoder
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Nikolajsen's study is a substantial contribution to missional ecclesiology. He demonstrates convincingly how Newbigin and Yoder are crucial and prophetic guides of the church after Christendom. Nikolajsen's work is a remarkable combination of dispassionate research generating passionate theology. His scholarship not only defines the identity of the church but shows what 'missional' properly means."
--Darrell Guder, Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary
"I can't think of any better theological and missiological guides than Newbigin and Yoder to help us navigate the post-Christendom waters of the 'secular' West. And I haven't found any better analyses of their distinctive ecclesiological visions than the present book. Not merely an analysis, but also a constructive proposal of the distinctive identity of the Christian community, this study should be essential reading for all interested in the role of the church in the third millennium."
--Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Semimary
"Ever since I first read the writings of Lesslie Newbigin I knew there was considerable overlap between his thought and that of Yoder. I also believed that comparing the thought of both could be illuminating. And now Nikolajsen has shown how incredibly illuminating the comparison, and the interweaving, of both is. This book was a great idea and unfolds the central claims with considerable acumen--offering tremendous insight for Christians who desire to be missional in our post-Christendom world."
--Mark Thiessen Nation, Professor of Theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary