Reconstructing Practical Theology: The Impact of Globalization
This book argues that the discipline of practical theology needs to be re-shaped in the light of the impact of various influences created through the encounter with globalization. Essential to this is an engagement with the insights of other disciplines, e.g. sociology, politics, economics and philosophy. The content and authority of the Christian tradition is being challenged by the blurred encounters with more fluid lifestyles, alternative spiritualities and indeed other faiths as mediated through information technology and the breakdown of attachments to all forms of institutional life. Traditional ways of belonging and relating to places and structures are being eroded leaving the established patterns of ministry, worship, church organisation the province of an ageing population, while those who are now more inclined to search for communities of interest avoid being drawn into the practices and structures of formal religion. What is the future for practical theology in this rapidly changing context? By examining the familiar concerns of the subject John Reader shows how it is in danger of operating with zombie categories - still alive but only just - and presents the possibilities for a reflexive spirituality grounded in the Christian tradition as a way into the future.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
activity alternative approach areas argue argument aspects aware Beck become belief blurring of boundaries Castells Cavanaugh cent challenge chapter China Christian tradition church concern congregations consciousness construct context create critical critique culture debate disciplines dominance economic emerging enclosures encounter engage Eucharist faith groups full spectrum dominance Giddens global capitalism global economy global ethic happening Hardt and Negri human ideas identified identity impact of globalization important increasingly individual interpretation issues Ken Wilber labour lives locality longer means ministry needs Northwest Development Agency offer one's particular pastoral pastoral care political possible postmodernity practical theology present problems question Radical Orthodoxy relationships religion religious resistance response role Rosenau sense of place significant simply social social capital society space specific Stern Report structures suggests theological reflection understanding values Washington Consensus work-life balance worship zombie categories