Mission Implausible

Restoring Credibility to the Church

By Duncan MacLaren

Mission Implausible

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  • ISBN: 9781620323458
  • Pages: 214
  • Publication Date: 7/18/2012
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
Web Price: $20.80

Mission Implausible

Restoring Credibility to the Church

By Duncan MacLaren

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620323458
  • Pages: 214
  • Publication Date: 7/18/2012
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80

About-

It is commonly agreed that the churches of Europe are in crisis--but why? How can we explain their dramatic decline over the past four decades? In particular, why do contemporary people struggle to believe? And how might the churches address this crisis of credibility? Are there already signs of hope? And what can tenacious forms of religion teach the churches as they go about their task of mission?

Mission Implausible tackles these questions using the tools of sociological analysis. It argues that much of the blame for church decline is misplaced and that a broader explanation is required which sets the current crisis within a historical and sociological perspective. Written for church leaders, theologians, students of theology and sociology, and all those concerned with Christian mission, Mission Implausible explores a range of strategies aimed at rebuilding a social climate favorable to Christian belief.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"MacLaren . . . turns assumptions upside down and forces us to reexamine the rhetoric of much of the contemporary discussion on mission and emerging Church in Britain . . . This is quite simply a crucial and timely book."
--Pete Ward, Lecturer, King's College, London

"A wide-ranging and balanced guide for all who are perplexed by (or just curious about) the decline of Christendom and the paradoxes of secularization."
--David Martin, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

"Mandatory reading for serious practitioners of mission.
Nothing less."
--Andrew Walker, Canon Professor of Theology, Culture and Education, King's College, London

Contributors-

Duncan MacLaren

Bio(s)-

Duncan MacLaren is Associate Rector of St. Paul's and St. George's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh.

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