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The decline of established Christianity in the western world : interpretations and responses

Author: Paul Silas Peterson
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2017.
Series: Studies in world Christianity and interreligious relations.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Silas Peterson
ISBN: 9781315142852 1315142856 9781351390422 1351390422
OCLC Number: 1003954095
Description: 1 online resource (310 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Title --
Copyright --
Contents --
List of contributors --
Foreword --
Acknowledgements --
1 An introduction to the essays and to the phenomenon of established Christianity in the Western World --
Part I Background issues and theoretical approaches --
2 Causes of the decline: historical, empirical and theoretical perspectives --
3 Analyzing religious decline: a sociological approach --
4 Cultural considerations in the decline of Christianity --
5 Interpretations of the decline and responses to it --
Part II Case studies on specific regions and groups --
6 More than just de-Christianization: Christian mission in face of religious indifference in East Germany --
7 Towards a faithful Christian community in Canada: a missiological response to religious change --
8 American mainline Protestantism: on the history and future of a culture-forming confessional identity --
9 An evangelical response to the decline of Christendom --
10 Going big: mega-churches in the midst of declining Christianity in the West --
Part III Perspectives from world Christianity and African Christianity --
11 An opportunity to foster inter-Christian reciprocity: the view from "World Christianity" and "the Next Christendom" --
12 Reframing our experiences in the light of the cross: how African Christianity sees the decline --
Part IV Contributions from public theology and the philosophy of religion --
13 Taking sin seriously again: a perspective from theology and public life --
14 The religion of decline: a perspective from the philosophy of religion --
Part V Response and outlook --
15 Christianity in the Western world after the decline: challenges, opportunities and outlooks --
16 Exploring the past for a stronger future: a reflection on meaning and hope --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Studies in world Christianity and interreligious relations.
Responsibility: edited by Paul Silas Peterson.

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