Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Joel Okamoto

Scripture References in this Resource

Romans 8:28-30; Acts 17:22-34; Acts 2:25-35; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 4:8-12; Acts 7:51-53; Acts 8:26-39; Acts. 1:8; Ephesians 4.11-13; Galatians 3:16-26; Genesis 12:1; Genesis 17:19; John 20:30-31; John 21:25; John 3:16-17; Nehemiah 4:32-40; Psalm 16:8-11; Romans 6:3-14; Romans 9:15


This dissertation is located within the larger conversation about ecclesiology as it is emerging in our post-Christian era. Its effort is both theoretical and practical. Not only will it provide a theological account of the church, but it will do so for the sake of reflective practitioners who are looking for guidance in navigating and negotiating our post-Christian culture in the effort to form faithful Christians. Thus, this dissertation will articulate an ecclesiology of the Christian life, thereby enabling the church to diagnose, assess, and respond to contemporary instances of its own cultural captivity so that it might better embody God’s mission in its social location.

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