A Church Drawing Near: Spirituality and Mission in a Post-Christian Culture

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 1 янв. 2004 г. - Всего страниц: 224
The book begins by defining the core tasks (or mission) of the Church in biblical and theological terms, and then asks how these tasks can best be carried out in the conditions of modernity and post-modernity.Paul Avis describes and evaluates contemporary expressions of spirituality, drawing on many empirical studies; the functions of the Church's 'occasional offices' or rites of passage; the ways in which the Church and its ministers can engage constructively with the community and with civil society; the pastoral method in mission and its practical, policy consequences. Throughout the book Avis urges the imperative for the Church and its ministers to break out from the privatization of Christian values into full participation in contemporary social issues and public life.This book is an authoritative and interdisciplinary study of theology and practice: a much-needed applied theology of mission and ministry for today.
 

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1 Beyond The Privatization of Faith
1
2 For the Healing of the Nations
19
3 Modernity and Secularization
50
4 Postmodernity and Fragmentation
82
5 Spirituality and Mission
109
6 Transformations of Being
131
7 The Cross in the Community
155
8 The Primacy of the Pastoral
180
References
201
Index of Subjects
217
Index of Names
223
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Paul Avis is Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, UK, as well as Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter, UK, and Editor-in-Chief of Ecclesiology.

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