Church Confident: Christianity Can Repent, but Must Not Whimper

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Keck shows how the church is suffering from malaise brought on by oversecularization in aspects of church life including worship, theology, ethos, and communication.

This penetrating clarion call to renewal cuts through the conventional ideological labels of "liberal" and "conservative." Keck argues with passion that mainline churches today must neither pretend to be culturally triumphant nor whimper in fear. Rather, the church has grounds to ...

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Overview

Keck shows how the church is suffering from malaise brought on by oversecularization in aspects of church life including worship, theology, ethos, and communication.

This penetrating clarion call to renewal cuts through the conventional ideological labels of "liberal" and "conservative." Keck argues with passion that mainline churches today must neither pretend to be culturally triumphant nor whimper in fear. Rather, the church has grounds to be confident about its proper nature and mission.

Keck envisions a renewed church that has recovered a sense of what is basic to its nature and purpose--restoring the praise of God to the center of worship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687081516
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Leander E. Keck, convener of the Editorial Board and Senior New Testament Editor, is Winkley Professor of Biblical Theology Emeritus at Yale Divinity School.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preliminary Remarks About Perspective 13
Personal Musings 15
The Malaise of the Mainline 19
Ch. 1 Worship 23
The Praise of God 27
Secularized Worship 33
Praise and Renewal 38
Ch. 2 Theology 43
Four Shifts in Theology 47
Theology Becomes Anthropology 47
Gospel Becomes Law 54
Now Understanding Seeks Faith 57
The Hermeneutic of Suspicion Becomes the Hermeneutic of Alienation 59
A Hermeneutic of Affirmation 63
Affirmation and Renewal 65
Ch. 3 Ethos 69
The Loss of the Protestant Franchise 71
Options for the Future 75
Unsatisfactory Images 75
Rethinking Basics: Theocracy and Messianism 79
In Pluralism, Influence 85
The Public Theologian 85
The Pitching Coach 92
Ch. 4 Communication 97
A New Era 99
The Second Coming of Technology 100
A New Construal System 103
The Vocation to Communicate 105
Informing the Pluralist Public 105
Cultivating a Positive Disposition 110
Commending the Gospel Confidently 115
Retrospective Remarks About Renewal 119
Works Cited 123
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