Peculiar People The Church as Culture in a Post-Christian Society

ISBN-10: 0830819908
ISBN-13: 9780830819904
Edition: N/A
Authors: Rodney Clapp
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 12/12/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 251
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Voted one of Christianity Today's 1997 Books of the Year!Christians feel increasingly useless, argues Rodney Clapp, not because we have nothing to offer a post-Christian society, but because we are trying to serve as "sponsoring chaplains" to a civilization that no longer sees Christianity as necessary to its existence. In our individualistic, technologically oriented, consumer-based culture, Christianity has become largely irrelevant.The solution is not to sentimentally capitulate to the way things are. Nor is it to retrench in an effort to regain power and influence as the sponsor of Western civilization. What is needed is for Christians to reclaim our heritage as a peculiar people, as unapologetic followers of the Way. Within the larger pluralistic world, we need to become a sanctified, subversive culture that develops Christian community as a truly alternative way of life. Christians must learn to live the story and not just to restate it.Writing inclusively with considerable verve, Clapp offers a keen analysis of the church and its ministry as we face a new millennium.

Acknowledgments
Where I'm Writing From
The Church as Unchurch: How Christians Became Useless
The Church as Private Club: Irrelevant for Constantine's Sake
The Church as Nation-State: Why America Is Not the Issue
The Church as Type: Why Christians Should Thank God for the Culture Wars
The Church as Church: Practicing the Politics of Jesus
The Church as Worshiping Community: Welcome to the (Real) World
The Church as Parade: The Politics of Liturgy
The Church as Listening Community: The Performance of Scripture
The Church as World: On the Faithfulness of Pagans
The Church as Mission & Message: Evangelism After Constantine
The Church as a Way of Life: Liturgy After the Liturgy
The Church as a Community of Friends: About Beginning Where We Already Are
Notes
Index

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