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Beyond Religion: The Bad News, Other News, and the Good News

Rees, Frank D. (2013) Beyond Religion: The Bad News, Other News, and the Good News. Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 8 (2). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1177-0228


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Many studies have documented the decline of religious belief and church attendance in “secular” societies such as Australia. Tom Frame offers a detailed study of unbelief in Australia and identifies some concerns about the possible intolerance of religion in the future. By contrast, Harvey Cox sees a positive opportunity in the emergence of “an age of the Spirit” and diverse forms of Christian expression around the world. These movements enable us to understand the nature of faith beyond the historic forms of institutional religion. Cox’s work provides a specific instance of Charles Taylor’s third sense of “secularity”, understood in terms of what it may be rather than what it is not. The challenge for Christian theology is, then, to explore the meaning of the Good News and the character of Christian community. Beyond “religion” there is a choice between the bad news and the Good News.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: religion, news, Australia, Tom Frame, Harvey Cox, Christian community
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2014 02:26
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 02:27
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1692

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