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Faith, Hope, and Love

The Ecumenical Trio of Virtues

by Geoffrey Wainwright

Publication Year: 2014

Faith, hope, and love: these words recall one of the most familiar passages in the entirety of the Christian Scriptures and represent three uniquely Christian virtues given by God to the Church. Geoffrey Wainwright explores the contemporary ecumenical potential of these historic Christian virtues. Faith, hope, and love are given to each Christian and are intended to be incorporated in the nature and life of every gathered Christian body. Wainwright pairs each virtue with a practice instituted by Christ himself. Holy baptism teaches faith as an enacted confession. The Lord’s Prayer invites petition as an address of hope. The Lord’s Supper offers bread and wine as an embodiment of love. These historic practices orient all Christians backward in faith to the formative events of the cross of resurrection, forward in hope of the final consummation, and toward all others gathered around the shared meal. Wainwright insists that faith, hope, and love pave a path to unity for a historically divided Church.

Published by: Baylor University Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-vi

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Geoffrey Wainwright

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pp. vii-viii

It was for me a high honor to be invited to give at Baylor University in October 2012 the annual Leo and Gloriana Parchman Endowed Lectures. My name would thus be attached to the long and much admired list of scholarly and churchly predecessors.
My lectures took place on October 9 and 10 in the Paul...

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pp. 1-8

Faith, hope, and love: the ecumenical trio of virtues. That densely phrased title might benefit from a little preliminary unpacking.
We may begin with St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, and the thirteenth chapter. For many long years in Britain, that was among the favorite passages of Scripture set to be...

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Lecture One: Faith and Holy Baptism

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pp. 9-24

Inevitably we must begin with historical and theological controversy.
Those whom we now call—and who call themselves—“Baptists” emerge around the time of the Reformation. Their reading of Western Christendom showed them a multitudinous Church whose failings could be attributed—at least in...

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Lecture Two: Hope and the Lord’s Prayer

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pp. 25-40

For the move from faith to hope we may find help in the first verse of the Letter to the Hebrews, chapter 11: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV); “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (RSV). The chapter goes on...

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Lecture Three: Love and the Lord’s Supper

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pp. 41-60

According to the Fourth Gospel, we find that “when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of the world and go to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1). At the Last Supper as reported in the Third Gospel we find Jesus saying to his...


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pp. 61-64

E-ISBN-13: 9781481300865
E-ISBN-10: 1481300865
Print-ISBN-13: 9781481300858
Print-ISBN-10: 1481300857

Publication Year: 2014

OCLC Number: 883571078
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  • Theological virtues.
  • Faith.
  • Hope -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
  • Love -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
  • Baptism.
  • Lord's prayer.
  • Lord's Supper.
  • Worship.
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