The gradual demise of Christendom has resulted in the decline of the church and its marginalisation in western culture. In the secular and religiously plural world of the twenty-first century, Christians can no longer operate with Christendom values, assumptions, methods or attitudes. A church on the margins, if it is to flourish or even survive, must learn to read the Bible, engage in mission and understand itself in fresh ways. ‘Post-Christendom’ explores this strange new world and urges creative and courageous engagement with the challenges of post-Christendom. Drawing on insights from the early Christians, dissident movements and the world church, it analyses the Christendom era and its troublesome legacy, challenges conventional ways of thinking and offers resources for Christians who will dare to imagine new ways of following Jesus on the margins and telling his story in a world they can no longer control.
ISBN: 9781842272619 (2004) 272pp [Re-printed, Aug 2011]