Dave Tomlinson's Re-Enchanting Christianity is a must-have for anyone with a spiritual yearning, whether steeped in Christianity or from other walks of life altogether. By seeking to separate spirituality from the entanglements of religion we see a fresh perspective on how God is interested in the whole person and their interactions within the community and wider society and not just the soul. "Church is not supposed to be a place of theological `purity' or rigid conformity to certain beliefs and conventions, but a mishmash of believers, doubters, dissenters and malcontents, each of whom is grappling in his or her own way towards a mystery that is God." The reader is encouraged to look beyond the baggage of church and all the images it conjures (e.g. Gnosticism, exclusiveness) towards engaging with other views, not as something to be feared, but in a dialogue where we have something to learn from those of different cultural, faith and spiritual paradigms. Tomlinson believes that the church can pull itself back from entrenched positions to address peoples' spiritual needs in an era of growing spiritual interest, without seeing them only as potential converts but instead as people in God's image. This position is neatly articulated in this view of the gospel's role in the 21st century: "...caring for the earth, making poverty history, combating the AIDS pandemic, supporting fair trade, making peace instead of war, creating social justice, eliminating corruption, and opposing prejudice and bigotry are all gospel concerns."
Re-Enchanting Christianity is a gem, and well worth reading.