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Time For Change

Paul Weller

Time For Change

Paul Weller

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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 "Paul Weller argues that continuation of the establishment of the Church of England is theologically and politically inadequate to the religious, social and political landscape of the twenty-first century. He traces the historical and contemporary contours and implications of establishment and examines a range of alternative social, legal, historical, theological and ecclesiological models. Finally, Weller argues that perspectives drawn from Baptist Christian tradition - in particular its theologically founded commitment to religious freedom and voluntarist ecclesiology - offer more adequate resources for shaping the Christian future in a religiously plural society than perspectives historically associated with establishment."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

- Publisher In Time For a Change, Paul Weller argues that continuation of the establishment of the Church of England is theologically and politically inadequate to the religious, social and political landscape of the twenty-first century. Theologically and ecclesiologically, he suggests that reluctance actively to consider alternatives is symptomatic of a lack of confidence that needs to be overcome. Socially and politically, for a society that aspires to be inclusive of people of many religions and none, the continuation of establishment is argued to be inequitable.

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About "Time For Change"

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

"Paul Weller argues that continuation of the establishment of the Church of England is theologically and politically inadequate to the religious, social and political landscape of the twenty-first century. He traces the historical and contemporary contours and implications of establishment and examines a range of alternative social, legal, historical, theological and ecclesiological models. Finally, Weller argues that perspectives drawn from Baptist Christian tradition - in particular its theologically founded commitment to religious freedom and voluntarist ecclesiology - offer more adequate resources for shaping the Christian future in a religiously plural society than perspectives historically associated with establishment."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
- Publisher

In Time For a Change, Paul Weller argues that continuation of the establishment of the Church of England is theologically and politically inadequate to the religious, social and political landscape of the twenty-first century. Theologically and ecclesiologically, he suggests that reluctance actively to consider alternatives is symptomatic of a lack of confidence that needs to be overcome. Socially and politically, for a society that aspires to be inclusive of people of many religions and none, the continuation of establishment is argued to be inequitable.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Paul Weller

Paul Weller (Ph.D., University of Leeds on The Rushdie Controversy, Religious Plurality & Established Religion,) is Professor of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of Derby and Visiting Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regents Park College, University of Oxford, UK. He is author of Religious Diversity in the UK: Contours and Issues (Continuum, 2008), A Mirror For Our Times: 'The Rushdie Affair' and the Future of Multiculturalism and Time for a Change: Reconfiguring Religion, State and Society (T & T Clark, 2005), as well as editor of Religions in the UK: Directory, 2007-10 (Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby, 2007).
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Part I: Established Religion: Its Inheritance And Alternatives; Chapter 1: The Historical Inheritance Of Established Religion; Introduction Roots Of Establishment The Nationalization Of Religion Revolutionary Challenge And Restoration The Rise Of Dissent, Toleration, And Equality Church Of England Debates. Chapter 2: Alternative Theologies And Ecclesiologies Of Religion, State And Society; Introduction Baptist Historical Roots Theological Commitment To Religious Liberty A Voluntaryist Ecclesiology. Chapter 3: Alternative Socio-religious And Constitutional Patterns; Introduction Religious And Cultural Mosaics Separation With Religiosity Secularist Separation Separation Against Communalism Civil Religion And Nation-building Pillarization Other Variants. Part Ii: Established Religion: Religious And Political Context; Chapter 4: The Changing Religious Landscape; Introduction A Christian Inheritance National Diversities Migration And Diversification Other Diversities Of Belief And Practice Secularization. Chapter 5: The Varieties Of Religious Discrimination; Introduction Religious Discrimination In Scotland Religious Discrimination In Northern Ireland Religious Discrimination In England And Wales Tackling Religious Discrimination Chapter 6: Establishment And Religious Disadvantage; Introduction Establishment And The Constitution Establishment And The Monarchy Establishment, Parliament And Ecclesiastical Law Establishment And The Blasphemy Laws Establishment And The Education System Establishment And Civil Society Establishment And Its Distinctiveness Establishment: A Nexus In Religion, State And Society; Part Iii: Established Religion: A Time For Change; Chapter 7: The 'kairos' Of Establishment; Introduction Discerning The Times Material, Ecclesiological And Theological Change 'kairos' And Social Cosmologies 'kairos', Crisis Or Discernment. Chapter 8: Models For A Change To Establishment; Introduction Transition, Risk And Negotiated Change A Secularising Disestablishment An "extended" Establishment A National Religious Council Evaluating The Options. Chapter 9: Towards A New Socio-religious Contract; Introduction Principles For A Change Voluntaryism For A Religiously Plural Society Creating Dialogical Structures For A Religiously Plural Society Evolving Constitutional Frameworks For A Religiously Plural Society Developing Future Legal Instruments For A Religiously Plural Society Organic Parallelism In A Plural Society Conclusion. Bibliography; Index

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  • Catalogue Code 221276
  • Product Code 0567084876
  • EAN 9780567084873
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Life/issues
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Continuum Publishing Group
  • Publication Date May 2005
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.417kg

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