Church and Countryside: Insights from Rural Theology Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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In this thoughtful, reflective and imaginative book, Tim Gibson has given us an outstanding insight into rural ministry today. He offers a shrewd, perceptive and wise analysis of the opportunities and challenges that face the rural church. He is able to articulate the hope and prospects for future ministry, and offers a theologically vibrant and tenacious vision for the rural church. Spiritually vivid and imaginatively written, this is a superb book for all those who want to explore how the rural church can conduct its mission and ministry in today's world --Martyn Percy, Principal, Ripon College Cuddesdon
In this insightful and refreshing analysis of the rural church and countryside concerns (food, farming, rural services, landscape and leisure), Tim Gibson takes theology seriously and demonstrates that theology matters. Here is a sustained attempt in rural theology that is both worth the attention of clergy and accessible to lay people. --Leslie Francis, Professor of Religions and Education at University of Warwick, and Canon Theologian at Bangor Cathedral
Dr Gibson offers an account of rural theology that is accessible, hopeful and realistic. It will be a valuable catalyst for discussion in very many rural contexts. His stress on the centrality of the eucharist is particularly timely and challenging at a juncture at which eucharistic life is tending to diminish within ever-larger groupings of churches. Warmly recommended --Christopher Southgate, Research Fellow in Theology, University of Exeter
About the Author
Dr Tim Gibson is a core staff member and MA programme leader at STETS in Salisbury as well as a freelance journalist specializing in motoring and rural affairs. He is a Reader in the Church of England and regularly leads services and preaches in a group of rural parishes
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Such a reading of Social Capital wrongly assumes that Social Capital comes out of self-attentive communities, who are only interested in outcomes (building more Social Capital) than they are in building a good community, one of the results of which is strong Social Capital. The author's reading is faulty because it assumes that there are communities which are low in Social Capital because people choose for their communities to be so. Whereas Social Capital is a result of pre-existing good communities, not something that people come together specifically to form.
It is a shame that such a line is taken on Social Capital as it is such an important idea with community building and formation. It is also a shame that such a negative line is taken in one of the very few books that has been written about Rural Theology as a means of theological reflection, rather than merely being an outcome of rural life.Read more ›
Thoughtful, reflective, imaginative and deserving of widespread favour.