Time for a Change: The Establishment of the Church of England and the Reconfiguration of Religion, State, and Society (Paperback)
  • Time for a Change: The Establishment of the Church of England and the Reconfiguration of Religion, State, and Society (Paperback)
zoom

Time for a Change: The Establishment of the Church of England and the Reconfiguration of Religion, State, and Society (Paperback)

(author)
£49.99
Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 21/03/2005
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Paul Weller argues that continuation of the Church of England as an establishment is theologically and politically inadequate to the religious, social and political landscape of the twenty-first century. Within an outline of the contemporary religious landscape and the empirical results of research into the nature and extent of religious discrimination, Time for a Change traces the historical and contemporary contours and implications of establishment. A range of alternative social, legal historical, theological and ecclesiological approaches and models are examined and aspects of 'negotiation theory' are used to explore the conditions and dynamics necessary for transition and change. Finally, Weller argues that often-neglected perspectives of Baptist Christian tradition - in particular its theologically founded commitment to religious freedom and voluntaryist ecclesiology - offer more adequate resources for shaping the Christian future in a religiously plural and secular society than perspectives historically associated with establishment. Time for a Change shows that, through the conjunction of social, political, demographic, theological and ecclesiological developments, a 'kairos' or decision time has arrived for establishment. It aims to stimulate a social and religious dialogue leading to the evolution of a new 'socio-religious contract'.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567084873
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'[V]ery valuable as a resource...this is a stimulating book and Paul Weller argues positively for what he calls covenantal voluntarism for a plural society.' Andrew Wingate, Interreligious Insight, July 2006
'This is a weighty and patiently-researched thesis, which will be well-received by the Inter Faith Network.'--Andrew Atherstone, Themelios, 32/1 "Themelios "
'He soundly argues [with]...evenhandedness and readiness to give credit where it is due.' --Sanford Lakoff "Theology "
'This is an excellent book, tackling the reconfiguration of religion, state, and society. Weller's suggestion that the Baptist way of looking at things offers a ready-made model for the present circumstance is both novel and, to a large extent, convincing. Of course, not everyone will agree with him, but his argument is backed up with meticulous research and an encyclopeadic knowledge of the many aspects of his subject, and for that reason alone is deserving of serious consideration.'--Sanford Lakoff "Theological Book Review "
'this is a useful and thought provoking book, well worth a read by anyone interested in thinking about how the C of E relates to our current socio-religious setting.' Mark Vasey-Sanders, ANVIL, Vol 32, No 2--Sanford Lakoff "Anvil "
"The book is a fine and nuanced overview of a crucial question in the present religious character of England..."--Sanford Lakoff "Expository Times "

You may also be interested in...

The Sunday Missal (Blue edition)
Added to basket
The Weight of Glory
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A History of Christianity
Added to basket
Devon's Fifty Best Churches
Added to basket
The World Turned Upside Down
Added to basket
The Missionary Position
Added to basket
New Short History of the Catholic Church
Added to basket
The Confessions
Added to basket
Leaving Alexandria
Added to basket
Fathomless Riches
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Whispering Hope
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Orthodox Way
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.