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Alan Billings
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17 Jan 2013
In trying to understand the relationship of the British people to religion - specifically Christianity - we tend to say that people: believe - or do not; attend - or do not. The argument of Lost Church is that the majority of people do not really fit either of these categories. Rather, they 'belong' - in the sense that they feel some affinity to Christianity and the Church; they are not hostile to its ministers; they do not find churches alien places to be, and they turn to the Church and its clergy on specific occasions. But they do not want to attend regularly and their beliefs may be incoherent or even nonexistent, and often flicker on and off like a badly wired lamp. This absorbing and encouraging volume is a call to lay Christians and clergy to take stock of what is happening and to recover an understanding of the Church that will not alienate those who 'belong' but rather enable ministry to them to continue.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281070199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281070190
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Revd Canon Alan Billings is an Anglican priest and a former Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University. He previously trained clergy in a number of institutions. His other books for SPCK are Making God Possible (2010); God and Community Cohesion (2009); Secular Lives Sacred Hearts (2004) and Dying and Grieving (2002).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Billings - In Touch. 25 Jan 2013
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Having read the book I find the above 'Book Description' a good reflection, so in this review I do not intend to repeat what the book is about. My reason for writing is to show support for Alan Billings work and hopefully encourage others to read it, especially members of the clergy and others who are regular members of the Church.

I am very much what Alan Billings describes as a person who "belongs" to the Christian Faith. Having been a regular member of the Church through the 50's/60's/70's and brought my children up in the faith, I then drifted away as I slowly realised the Church was no longer holding my attention. Going to church became awkward, what I heard did not ring true to my thoughts. For me the Church in its thinking became out of touch.

During this period of separation I have found the work of Mr Dawkins (and other supporters of his view) very disturbing and I have been waiting and hoping for the Church to wake up and lead us through the destruction caused by this atheist cause. Sadly, despite me reading over 200 books over the past twenty years looking for that lead, nothing I have read has been strong enough to turn the tide. This lack of a spiritual response capable of touching the hearts of supporters like myself has only served to disappoint and provide further evidence of an inability in the Church to understand and key into our current 'Christian' needs.

To my mind Alan Billings correctly identifies a substantial community support for the Church which, if taken time to understand and correctly minister to, will willingly move out of the shade and show its friendly supportive hand. (Sadly, The recent rejection of women bishops does not show such an understanding and has only pushed us further into the darkness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read 5 Feb 2014
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This book gives a very stimulating account of the ways in which people relate to church (the context is the Church of England). Not everybody will agree with Billings arguments, but I find them persuasive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tranearth 21 Nov 2013
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Typical writing for this author - stimulating with arguments and issues well presented. Some interesting viewpoints that confirm his thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book! 2 Sep 2013
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This book analyses the current predicament of the established church and its failure in recent years to keep pace with the wider change in society. Time and time again, the C of E has missed the boat, and the result has been to alienate whole sections of society. Particularly telling is the section on women and the church. There is no need to repeat the summaries of others, but the current emphasis on "growing disciples" is predictably going to continue to put more people off than to attract them. A sad story. Regrettably!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' read 27 Jun 2013
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I've always enjoyed reading Alan Billings - he talks sense! This book provides some interesting insights, and pointers for anyone frustrated with the Church (who isn't?!).
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