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Ex-churched in secular exile

Sawyer, Angela (2016) Ex-churched in secular exile. Zadok Papers (S217). pp. 8-12. ISSN 1322-0705


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Secular post-modern Australian society is witnessing a decline of the ‘church-in-power’ model. To suggest that the church is in crisis in this era is an understatement, but this crisis may o er new opportunities for understanding the nature of people leaving church. This paper investigates the phenomenon of Australian evangelical Christians who are leaving the church, but generally retaining faith. An exploration of the reframing of faith via the lens of exilic theology is pertinent to this demographic and offers insights for church leavers, their new communities and the communities from which they have departed. Their voices are worth paying attention to by the evangelical church.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: secularism, exile, ex-churched, Old Testament
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: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 01:30
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 04:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2874

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