Item description for Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World (AfterChristendom) (After-Christendom) by Stuart Murray...
Overview The end of Christendom, where the Christian story was known and the church was central, invites Christians in western culture to embrace marginality and discover fresh ways of being church and engaging in mission. While the transition from modernity to postmodernity has received a huge amount of attention, the shift from Christendom to post-Christendom has not yet been fully explored. This book is an introduction; a journey into the past, an interpretation of the present and an invitation to ask what following Jesus might mean in the strange new world of post-Christendom. Drawing on insights from the early Christians, dissident movements and the world church, this book challenges conventional ways of thinking. For those who dare to imagine new ways of following Jesus on the margins, it invites a realistic and hopeful response to challenges and opportunities awaiting us in the 21st century.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.86" Weight: 1.11 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2004
Publisher AUTHENTIC UK
Series After Christendom
ISBN 1842272616 ISBN13 9781842272619
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More About Stuart Murray
Murray has planted churches as well as written books on mission issues, such as City Vision. He is chair of the UK Anabaptist Network, editor of Anabaptism Today, and responsible for Urabn Expression, a church-planting initiative in London.
Stuart Murray currently resides in Oxford. Stuart Murray was born in 1956.
Reviews - What do customers think about Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World (AfterChristendom) (After-Christendom)?
A gem of British Missional Scholarship Feb 11, 2007
I loved this book. And I am genuinely thankful to Stuart for doing it. It is scholarly in the classically British way--understated, gentle, articulate, and thoroughly devasating to views that have held that Christendom was the acme of a so-called Christian civilization. If you are trying to get to grips with what the church must be and become. This is a must read.
A Good Application of History to the Contemporary Church Aug 29, 2004
The central idea of this book is that whether people lament or celebrate it the last vestiges of christendom are disappearing and Christians in the UK are going to have to get used to living `on the margins' of society.
Murray's book is split into two main sections. The first a broad survey of the history of the Christendom mindset and its implications on Church life and the second a tentative proposal of how the Church must change to adapt to this new situation.
Overall I found this book an excellent introduction to the whole subject of Christianity and Christendom and how antithetical it is to the Christian gospel. The book is wide ranging and as a result does lack somewhat for detail however this is unavoidable given its breadth. This is however counterbalanced by good referencing and a key bibliography that enables those wishing to pursue areas further to do so (I already have a couple of key books on order).
On the negative side I did find it a little strange given its concetration of British Post-Christendom that there was so little analysis of the rise of Christendom within England/Britain (the English reformation under Henry VIII, for example, is (externally) a prime example of a top-down conversion).