Engaging With Contemporary Culture: Christianity, Theology by Martyn Percy

By Martyn Percy

Theology and the church buildings are usually thought of to be on the margins of up to date tradition, usually suffering for identification and a spotlight. during this very important new publication Martyn Percy argues wealthy type of functional theological engagement is required if the church buildings are to understand their state of affairs within the smooth global, thereby permitting them to interact extra hopefully with society. Drawing on a variety of views within the religion-culture debate, and from case reports within the united states and Europe, the booklet explores the myriad of how during which tradition is now shaping modern Christianity, and the way important an appreciation of this dynamic is for the self-understanding of church buildings and theology. This publication explores the the most important and carrying on with contribution that theology could make to public existence, in an period that's usually appeared to be ruled by means of consumerism and secularity. it is going to in particular attract students of latest faith, useful theologians, and all people who are engaged in ministerial formation.

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There are not enough to take care of the sacramental needs, never mind mentioning other pastoral necessities. The church has to develop different ministries and new styles of ministry . . (Fuellenbach, 2002, p. , p. xiii). He understands that the sources of theology themselves are multiple: the Bible, tradition and the magisterium; the ongoing life of the worshipping community; the life situation of the committed community; and, finally, the presence of the Holy Spirit. This allows Fuellenbach to constantly talk about the church as only part of the celebration of the kingdom of God, which is, from my point of view, an intriguing and fruitful repositioning of ecclesiology.

But the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church is not quite in step with the vernacular religion of the faithful. Increasingly, ‘official’ and ‘operant’ religion finds themselves at odds with one another. For most of the time, this is a quiet, unspoken revolution. In England, for example, the Roman Catholic birthrate has been falling for years. But good Catholic women do not take contraceptive pills for birth control – only to regulate their periods. The ends justify the means. In the USA it is hardly very different.

Whilst it will undoubtedly disclose something of the inner heart and mind of any ecclesial body, it can also at once be more pragmatic and experimental: testing the Spirit at work in the world, as it were. In this chapter, the exploration of Christianity within contemporary culture proceeds in two ways. First, a comparative analysis of writers addressing ecclesiological issues in North American Roman Catholicism is offered, in order to gain some preliminary understanding of how the church is developing in response to crises of authority, reception and public perception.

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