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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|
|The Decline and Fall of Christendom||p. 1|
|Great Expectations - and Ecclesiastical "Future Shock"||p. 1|
|How We Have Viewed Ourselves||p. 9|
|Ecclesiastical Responses to the End of the Constantinian Era||p. 19|
|The Dilemma of the Liberal and Moderate Churches at the End of Christendom||p. 20|
|The Tenacity of Cultural Establishment||p. 28|
|Intentional Disestablishment: A Work of Theology||p. 35|
|The Reality of Our Disestablishment||p. 36|
|Disestablishing Ourselves!||p. 41|
|Disengagement as a Work of Theology||p. 43|
|On Being Salt, Yeast, and Light: The Christian Movement in a Post-Christian Era||p. 51|
|An Ancient Dialectic: "Not Of" yet "In"||p. 52|
|Four Worldly Quests - and Christian Witness||p. 57|
|References Cited||p. 68|
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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