Hybrid Church In The City

Overview

The Hybrid Church in the City focuses on the importance of urban space as a way of reinterpreting the mission and identity of the church for the twenty-first century. Christopher Baker uses the idea of the Third Space (a concept widely used in post-colonial and cultural studies) to offer a way of understanding the new form of the city - namely the diversity of the hybrid, post-colonial and postmodern urban space.

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Overview

The Hybrid Church in the City focuses on the importance of urban space as a way of reinterpreting the mission and identity of the church for the twenty-first century. Christopher Baker uses the idea of the Third Space (a concept widely used in post-colonial and cultural studies) to offer a way of understanding the new form of the city - namely the diversity of the hybrid, post-colonial and postmodern urban space.

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Editorial Reviews

University of Manchester - Elaine Graham
'Christopher Baker offers a refreshing and authoritative look at the opportunities and challenges facing the urban church. This book is a great blend of cultural analysis, local voices and theological reflection. It marks a new wave of thinking about what it means to live as people of faith amidst the complexities of the contemporary city'.
Ripon College Cuddesdon. - Martyn Percy
'In this fascinating and prescient study, Christopher Baker argues for a new kind of engagement and connectedness for theology and the churches. By focussing attention on space, urbanisation and marginalisation, new possibilities for practical theology are opened up that invite a fundamental reconsideration of the churches and their location within post-modern society. This book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the Christianity and culture debate in more depth, and tackle it with imagination, flair and thought'.
Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia - Clive Pearson
'The Hybrid Church in the City is a relatively slim book. It packs a lot into its covers and names an agenda that needs to be named for those who want a public theology to engage with the complexities of rapidly changing cities.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780334041863
  • Publisher: SCM Press Limited
  • Publication date: 6/27/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Baker writes and researches extensively on faith-based engagement in civil society and social policy. He also teaches and facilitates training events on these topics in the UK and beyond.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Preface to Second Edition ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Third Space Thinking

1 The Significance of the Third Space and Hybridity for Understanding the Postmodern World 13

2 The Hybrid City 27

3 Hybrid Civil Society and Hybrid Governance 47

Part 2 Public Theology in the Third Space

4 'Mainstream' Christian Realism: The Foundation for a Third Space Social Ethics 67

5 Radical Christian Realism: The Springboard for a Third Space Social Ethics 95

6 Towards a Third Space Church 111

7 Towards a Theology of the Third Space 137

Bibliography 155

Index 161

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