The Church Trap

The Church Trap

by Arthur Herzog
     
 

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Churches today are caught in a sociological trap. Parishioners want to keep comfortable status quo organization. Churchmen feel the pressure to modernize, to "get where the action is." This book is a provocative and zesty analysis of the problem.

Dishonest to God? The churches have followed corporations in emphasizing fat figures and solid annual growth

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Churches today are caught in a sociological trap. Parishioners want to keep comfortable status quo organization. Churchmen feel the pressure to modernize, to "get where the action is." This book is a provocative and zesty analysis of the problem.

Dishonest to God? The churches have followed corporations in emphasizing fat figures and solid annual growth. If religion were sold like stocks you would have the "high fliers" like the booming Southern Baptists and the Roman Catholics, the "blue chip" denominations-Episcopalians, Congregationalists, and Presbyterians-and then those with small growth potential like the Jews.

The "sick" clergy. Most clergymen of the various faiths, needless to say, are not alcoholic or homosexual. On the other hand enough clergymen have these problems to cause concern, and beyond the slippery labels of neuroses there are enough inward tortured people in the clergy to make church authorities wonder what in heaven is wrong.

The future. One of the basic models for churchly change is ecumenism, but although ecumenism may look good on the drawing board, it has some very formidable hurdles before it . There is no sign in the heavens that the organized religion in America will be granted a resurrection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595276110
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/20/2003
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Herzog is an award-winning novelist, non-fiction writer and journalist, renowned for his best-selling novels The Swarm, Orca (both made into popular movies), Earthbound, Heat and IQ 83, hailed by the British press as one of the best science fiction works ever written.

His non-fiction best sellers include Vesco, which Publishers Weekly hailed as “A brilliantly researched story… one of the year’s remarkable biographies” and 17 Days : The Katie Beers Story. A New Yorker, avid reader, and world traveler, Herzog continues to write fiction and non-fiction books.

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