Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World (After Christendom) Paperback – 2 Nov 2011
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Stuart Murray Williams (Ph.D., Whitefield Institute) is a freelance trainer/consultant with the Anabaptist Network and co-ordinator of Urban Expression, a pioneering church planting agency. He is the author of Church Planting, Tithing, Post Christendom, Church After Christendom, Planting Churches and most recently The Naked Anabaptist. - Editorial Review. Dr Nigel G. Wright (PhD FRSA) is Principal of Spurgeon's College, London and a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain As a theologian Nigel has contributed significantly to the recovery of the Anabaptist tradition, to thinking about the church and its relationship to the state, to reflection on the theology of charismatic renewal and to the renewal of evangelicalism. He describes his current field as 'theology and ministry'. A well-published author, his books include The Radical Kingdom: Restoration in Theory and Practice (1986), Challenge to Change: A Radical Agenda for Baptists (1991), Charismatic Renewal: The Search for a Theology (1995), The Radical Evangelical: Finding a Place to Stand (1996) and Disavowing Constantine: Mission Church and the Social Order in the theologies of John Howard Yoder and Jurgen Moltmann (2000). His most recent books are New Baptists, New Agenda (2002), A Theology of the Dark Side (2003), God on the Inside (2006), Free Church, Free State: The Positive Baptist Vision(2005) and The Real Godsend (2009) - Editorial Review.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
And all this coming from an Aussie. It must be good. :-)
In Post-Christendom, Stuart Murray surveys the history of Christendom from its inception to its recent demise. Many currently moan Christendom's death and seek to turn back the clock to this bygone era, but Murray celebrates the end of Christendom and all of its abuses of power.
In this work, Murray gives many reasons why the brave new world of post-Christendom is preferable to Christendom, drawing insights primarily from history, sociology, and theology.
One reason that Murray gives for why post-Christendom is to be preferred to Christendom is that it produced nominalism. The Christendom era began with Constantine, who showered the church with favors such as tax exemptions, land and food endowments for church employees, the closing of many pagan temples, and an honored place at the table of the emperor. With this political endorsement, thousands swarmed into churches. Church leaders were overwhelmed, and so the pre- and post-baptismal process was shortened, greatly reducing the commitment of disciples.
A second reason that Murray gives for why post-Christendom is to be preferred to Christendom is that Christendom created resentment towards churches and thus the gospel. With Constantine's conversion, the state soon began to enforce Christianity through the use of force, and hundreds of years of bloodshed and abuse of power ensued. This history, combined with the rise of secularization, has caused the culture to reject propagation of the gospel or morality through laws or institutional Christianity.
A third reason that Murray gives for why post-Christendom is to be preferred to Christendom is theological in nature. Under Christendom, everyone was "Christian" virtually by birth.Read more ›
Writing out of the Anabaptist tradition, Murray views this as a wholly good thing. For him (as for many Christians), Constantine's endorsement of the church at the beginning of the 4th century was where it all went horribly wrong. Corruption was not necessarily inevitable, but compromise certainly was. It is on the margins (and often under persecution) that the church has historically modelled a more authentic witness.
In the first half of his book, Murray gives us an historical overview of the growing comprise leading from the early church leaders' decision. He then focuses on specific issues, including the way that the Bible was read (Old Testament rather than Gospels) and the pushing of Jesus from the centre to the margins (as the church made the opposite journey).
He ends with a look at how the church can function (is already beginning to function) as Christendom breaks down. After a strong start, the book begins to fray a little here, with some points being repeated several times. This is a minor quibble as the point of the series is that these themes will be developed in the following volumes. Post-Christendom is a strong start to an important new series. It is followed by: Church After Christendom, Faith and Politics After Christendom: The Church as a Movement for Anarchy (After Christendom) and Youth Work After Christendom (After Christendom)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a very good book, lots of information in it and to absorb and therefore, need to read patiently to understand.Published 15 months ago by Maranda Ng