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The End of Christendom and the Future of Christianity - Douglas John Hall

The End of Christendom and the Future of Christianity

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The thesis of this book is that the Christian movement can indeed have a significant future - one that will be faithful to the original vision of the movement and of immense service to our beleaguered world. But to have that future, Christians will have to stop trying to have the kind of future that sixteen centuries of official Christianity in the Western world has conditioned them to covet.Douglas John Hall examines the decline and fall of Christendom and looks at ecclesiastical responses to the end of Christendom. He proposes that the churches make their disestablishment work for good and describes how the Christian movement might serve dominant societies, classes, and institutions in a post-Christian era.

Preface to the Series
Foreword
The Decline and Fall of Christendomp. 1
Great Expectations - and Ecclesiastical "Future Shock"p. 1
How We Have Viewed Ourselvesp. 9
Ecclesiastical Responses to the End of the Constantinian Erap. 19
The Dilemma of the Liberal and Moderate Churches at the End of Christendomp. 20
The Tenacity of Cultural Establishmentp. 28
Intentional Disestablishment: A Work of Theologyp. 35
The Reality of Our Disestablishmentp. 36
Disestablishing Ourselves!p. 41
Disengagement as a Work of Theologyp. 43
On Being Salt, Yeast, and Light: The Christian Movement in a Post-Christian Erap. 51
An Ancient Dialectic: "Not Of" yet "In"p. 52
Four Worldly Quests - and Christian Witnessp. 57
Conclusionp. 65
Notesp. 67
References Citedp. 68
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ISBN: 9781579109844
ISBN-10: 1579109845
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 1st June 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.09