Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 April 1995

272 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195096514

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Christianity in the Twenty-first Century

Reflections on the Challenges Ahead

Robert Wuthnow

In the year 2000--and beyond--what will the church be like? What challenges will it face? Will the church be able to provide a strong sense of community? Will it be an ethical force in the lives of Americans? And what role will religion play in politics and in the marketplace?
In Christianity in the 21st Century Robert Wuthnow reflects on these provocative questions as he seeks to identify changes that are taking place now in American society that churches must address if they are to remain vital in the future. He foresees five critical areas--institutional, ethical, doctrinal, political, and cultural--in which major challenges will arise, then meets the thorny issues head-on. Drawing on a wide range of firsthand observations and research, he deomstrates that in each of these five areas people of faith have strong reasons to enter the next century with confidence in their religious institutions.
Insightful and lucid, Christianity in the 21st Century offers a sobering, realistic, and ultimately hopeful assessment of where the church is now, and where the church is headed.