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2010 Golden Canon Leadership Book Award winner!
The future is now. Philip Jenkins has chronicled how the next Christendom has shifted away from the Western church toward the global South and East. Likewise, changing demographics mean that North American society will accelerate its diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and culture. But evangelicalism has long been held captive by its predominantly white cultural identity and history.
In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike. Many white churches are in crisis and ill-equipped to minister to new cultural realities, but immigrant, ethnic and multiethnic churches are succeeding and flourishing.
This prophetic report casts a vision for a dynamic evangelicalism that fully embodies the cultural realities of the twenty-first century. Spiritual renewal is happening within the North American church, from corners and margins not always noticed by those in the center. Come, discover the vitality of the next evangelicalism.
Introduction Part One: The Western, White Cultural Captivity of the Church
1: Individualism: The Heartbeat of Western, White Cultural Captivity
2: Consumerism and Materialism: The Soul of Western, White Cultural Captivity
3: Racism: The Residue of Western, White Cultural CaptivityPart Two: The Pervasiveness of the White Captivity of the Church
4: The Church Growth Movement and Megachurches
5: The Emergent Church's Captivity to Western, White Culture
6: The Cultural Imperialism of the White Captivity of the Church Part Three: Freedom from the White Captivity of the Church
7: Suffering and Celebration: Learning from the African American and Native American Communities
8: Holistic Evangelism: Learning from the Immigrant Church
9: A Multicultural Worldview: Learning from the Second Generation
Name and Subject Index