The Rise of Religious Individualism in the West
by John S. Knox
Foreword by Terrance Steele
Afterword by Bill Pubols
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
174 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.35 in
- Published: May 2016
$25.00 / £20.00 / AU$33.00Buy
- Published: May 2016
$25.00 / £21.99 / AU$36.99Buy
John S. Knox has taught Bible, history, and religion for nearly two decades at several Christian universities in the Pacific Northwest, utilizing his PhD in Theology & Religion, a MATS in Christian History & Thought, and a BA in History and English to help his students more fully understand what it meant to be a Christian in the past--and why it is still relevant in the present. He currently lives in Idaho with his wife and two sons.
"This book is a must-read for all sociologists of religion. John Knox's theorization of Sacro-Egoism adds another dimension to the secularization debate and in particular offers an all-important lens on the nature of religiosity in the USA."
--Ben Pink Dandelion, Programmes Leader, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
"Dr. John Knox's study to see the socio-philosophical axioms underpinning the current milieu of Christianity, specifically in our region of the Northwest, reveals just how much the post-enlightenment of self, or ego, has permeated our churches. His review of the many states of the Church serves as a gut-check for the individual Christian, as well as Christian institutions in general."
--William Holtzinger, Pastor, St. Anne Catholic Church, Grants Pass, OR
"Dr. Knox's strong background in Church History, Biblical Studies, and his love for the Church has produced an excellent treatise of the Rise of Individualism and its impact on church practices."
--Timotheos Tsohantaridis, Professor of Biblical Studies and Greek, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
"Dr. Knox thoughtfully exposes a cultural value that's fracturing the impact of the missional church in our western society. As a pastor, I've observed that those who stay engaged with others, even when it's difficult, are the ones who grow in their identity in Christ and their love for others. Radical individualism undermines community, which is a significant aspect of God's redemptive plan."
--Bill Towne, Lead Pastor, Rolling Hills Community Church, Tualatin, OR