A Peculiar People

Author: Rodney Clapp
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830819904
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A Peculiar People from the Author: Rodney Clapp. Looks at the Christian faith as a subculture within modern society at large

The Benedict Option

Author: Rod Dreher
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735213313
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The Benedict Option from the Author: Rod Dreher. A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade." —David Brooks In this controversial bestseller, Rod Dreher calls on American Christians to prepare for the coming Dark Age by embracing an ancient Christian way of life. From the inside, American churches have been hollowed out by the departure of young people and by an insipid pseudo–Christianity. From the outside, they are beset by challenges to religious liberty in a rapidly secularizing culture. Keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House may have bought a brief reprieve from the state’s assault, but it will not stop the West’s slide into decadence and dissolution. Rod Dreher argues that the way forward is actu­ally the way back—all the way to St. Benedict of Nur­sia. This sixth-century monk, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome’s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization. Today, a new form of barbarism reigns. Many believers are blind to it, and their churches are too weak to resist. Politics offers little help in this spiritual crisis. What is needed is the Benedict Option, a strategy that draws on the authority of Scripture and the wisdom of the ancient church. The goal: to embrace exile from mainstream culture and construct a resilient counterculture. The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It's for all mere Chris­tians—Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox—who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.

Post Christian Feminisms

Author: Lisa Isherwood
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317077490
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Post Christian Feminisms from the Author: Lisa Isherwood. This book explores the impact and contribution of post-theories in the field of Christian feminist theology. Post-theory is an important and cutting-edge discursive field which has revolutionized the production of knowledge in both feminism and theology. This book fills a gap by providing a text that can make authoritative statements on the use and status of post-theory in feminist theology, and secondly it makes an on-going contribution to the discourse of Christian feminist theology and its liberation agenda. Distinguished and established scholars contribute conclusive essays on the most recent and exciting developments in post-theory, feminism and theology.

A Church Drawing Near

Author: Paul D. L. Avis
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780567089670
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A Church Drawing Near from the Author: Paul D. L. Avis. By first defining the core tasks (or mission) of the Church in biblical and theological terms, Paul Avis then goes on to ask how these tasks can best be carried out in the conditions of modernity and post-modernity.

Engaging Post Christian Culture

Author: Norton Herbst
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310325226
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Engaging Post Christian Culture from the Author: Norton Herbst. Join popular cultural and faith leaders in these five-session DVD studies that will challenge your innermost beliefs and preconceived ideas about life, faith, the world and cultural responsibility.

Evangelism In A Post Christian Culture

Author: Dr Alastair Ferrie
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9780595630585
Size: 78.33 MB
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Evangelism In A Post Christian Culture from the Author: Dr Alastair Ferrie. Evangelism in a Post-Christian Culture is the challenge facing the church today. Alastair Ferrie brings more than thirty years experience of preaching the gospel and sharing his faith. One of the greatest needs of the growing church is a training program for the whole church in evangelism. Those engaged in ministry will find this work invaluable, and those committed Christians in the pews will find this book a framework which will revolutionize their effectiveness in evangelism. Many Christians will admit to not knowing where to begin. This book explains and outlines an approach that can be used effectively in sharing the gospel. The material will also be useful for preaching and for use in Bible discussion groups. A companion volume to this work, Step-by-Step: Aftercare for New Christians is also published by iUniverse. Credit for Cover: Ray Ferrie The book begins with a discussion on worldview which explains the difficulty we often have in communicating the gospel with a world that has truly become post-Christian. A five fold foundational Christian worldview is put forward and contrasted with a Darwinian model so prevalent in the world today. This is followed by several chapters outlining an approach to evangelism based on the seven signs of John's gospel. "These things are written that you might believe." The book is rounded off with several chapters with the theme, "I believe because..." These are arguments that the author has presented in many home Bible studies to help people to see some reasons for believing. The world is constantly presented with reasons for NOT believing, and it is time for the church to step forward with some reasons for believing.

Strangers In A Strange Land

Author: Charles J. Chaput
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1627796754
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Strangers In A Strange Land from the Author: Charles J. Chaput. A vivid critique of American life today and a guide to how Christians—and particularly Catholics--can live their faith vigorously, and even with hope, in a post-Christian public square. From Charles J. Chaput, author of Living the Catholic Faith and Render unto Caesar comes Strangers in a Strange Land, a fresh, urgent, and ultimately hopeful treatise on the state of Catholicism and Christianity in the United States. America today is different in kind, not just in degree, from the past. And this new reality is unlikely to be reversed. The reasons include, but aren't limited to, economic changes that widen the gulf between rich and poor; problems in the content and execution of the education system; the decline of traditional religious belief among young people; the shift from organized religion among adults to unbelief or individualized spiritualities; changes in legal theory and erosion in respect for civil and natural law; significant demographic shifts; profound new patterns in sexual behavior and identity; the growth of federal power and its disregard for religious rights; the growing isolation and elitism of the leadership classes; and the decline of a sustaining sense of family and community.

The Next Christians

Author: Gabe Lyons
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310671477
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The Next Christians from the Author: Gabe Lyons. In the wake of the stunning findings his book unChristian shared with the world about younger generations' disenchantment with Christianity over the past few decades, Gabe Lyons became an active participant in most every discussion about the future of Christianity in the U.S. and the world. The Next Christians, a six-session video curriculum with participantÆs guide, takes into account recent efforts at Christian renewal, addressing the significant challenges that could undermine the viability of Christianity if the faithful do not employ a completely new outlook. Lyons looks ahead, citing current day models and examples, of how Christianity over the next 100 years can and must adapt, as he optimistically paints a picture of how ChristianityÆs best days just might lay ahead as a new generation rediscovers their faith in this unprecedented new era in the West.

Millstones Stumbling Blocks

Author: Bradley Heath
Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.
ISBN: 1587365561
Size: 12.83 MB
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Millstones Stumbling Blocks from the Author: Bradley Heath. Much of the timber of public schooling and evangelicalism is as dry as kindling; "Millstones & Stumbling Blocks" is an open flame. Don't read this book if you insist on believing that . . . Christian children should be educated in public schools American evangelicalism is on the right track there are political remedies for our cultural illnesses Do read this book if . . . you'll consider that the above points may not be true you are unhappy with the educational status quo you accept the responsibility to read, think, and act "There is no greater failing among Christians than our lack of obedience in the education of our children. Brad Heath understands the stakes and eloquently points the way." -Bruce Shortt Attorney, and author of The Harsh Truth about Public Schools

Justification In A Post Christian Society

Author: Carl-Henric Grenholm
Publisher: James Clarke & Co
ISBN: 0227904478
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Justification In A Post Christian Society from the Author: Carl-Henric Grenholm. Since the Reformation in the sixteenth century, Lutheran traditions have impacted culture and politics in many societies. At the same time, Lutheran belief has had an effect on personal faith, morality, and ethics. Modern society, however, is quite different from that at the time of the Reformation. How should we evaluate Lutheran tradition in today’s Western multicultural and post-Christian society? Is it possible to develop a Lutheran theological position that can be regarded as reasonable in a society that evidences a considerable weakening of the role of Christianity? What are the challenges raised by cultural diversity for a Lutheran theology and ethics? Is it possible to develop a Lutheran identity in a multicultural society, and is there any fruitful Lutheran contribution to the coexistence of diff erent religious and non-religious traditions in the future?