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Twenty-first-century shapes of the Church?

Williams, John (2011) Twenty-first-century shapes of the Church? Theology, 114 (2). pp. 108-119.

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Recent years have seen a burgeoning of literature addressing the future prospects of the churches. This article analyses this material into six broad approaches, representing a range of church responses to a socio-cultural diagnosis the author terms ‘popular postmodernity’. The author argues that the churches’ adoption of this diagnosis is sociologically unsophisticated in a similar way to their earlier handling of the ‘secularization’ thesis. He cites examples from the literature to propose that the churches need to engage more critically with questions of socio-cultural analysis, ecclesiology and the status of orthodoxy in developing their new strategies for mission and ministry.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0040571X10391844
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/536

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