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A Brutal Unity

A Brutal Unity

The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church

by Ephraim Radner

“Massively learned and beautifully written, this book has to be the best work ever written against the holiness and unity of the Church by a Christian theologian."
—Matthew Levering, University of Dayton

About A Brutal Unity

About A Brutal Unity

Religion scholar Ephraim Radner explores the myth that the Christian church has always been united in its history.

Read a Book Excerpt

Read a Book Excerpt

Ephraim Radner

"To be 'one Church' is to be joined to the unity of the Son to the Father, who, in the Spirit, gives himself away." Read the Introduction from "A Brutal Unity".

Praise for A Brutal Unity

Praise for A Brutal Unity

"'A Brutal Unity' is a book of startling insight, extraordinary erudition, and is replete with theological implications...a stunning achievement." Read what Stanley Hauerwas and others are saying about Radner's book.

Shadows of the Deeper Realities: A Q&A with Ephraim Radner

Shadows of the Deeper Realities: A Q&A with Ephraim Radner

"Christian unity is the sacrifice of oneself, in Christ, for one's enemy, and the church is the community of such self-giving as embodied and shared in Christ Jesus."

Ephraim Radner's Blog

Ephraim Radner's Blog

Visit the author's blog at First Things here.

Book Club Roundtable

The Anatomy of Church Division

The Anatomy of Church Division

Frank Viola

I personally think the problem of division is unsolvable. What can be done, however, is for local expressions of the body of Christ to take a unique stand for unity.

Brutal Presbyterian Disunity

Brutal Presbyterian Disunity

John Turner

The book is not an easy or quick read, but the questions are of obvious importance, however much American Protestants might wish to ignore them.

Suffering the Church for Jesus

Suffering the Church for Jesus

Matthew Shedden

A Brutal Unity is in fact brutal. But it’s brutality is much like Pandora’s box that when everything that is evil has come out, we find hope.

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