Theology After Christendom

Forming Prophets for a Post-Christian World

By Joshua T. Searle

Foreword by Steve Chalke

Theology After Christendom

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Theology After Christendom

Forming Prophets for a Post-Christian World

By Joshua T. Searle

Foreword by Steve Chalke

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Christianity must be understood not as a religion of private salvation, but as a gospel movement of universal compassion, which transforms the world in the power of God’s truth. Amid several major global crises, including the rise of terrorism and religious fundamentalism and a sudden resurgence of political extremism, Christians must now face up fearlessly to the challenges of living in a “post-truth” age in which deceitful politicians present their media-spun fabrications as “alternative facts.” This book is an attempt to enact a transformative theology for these changing times that will equip the global Christian community to take a stand for the gospel in an age of cultural despair and moral fragmentation. The emerging post-Christendom era calls for a new vision of Christianity that has come of age and connects with the spiritual crisis of our times. In helping to make this vision a reality, Searle insists that theology is not merely an academic discipline, but a transformative enterprise that changes the world. Theology is to be experienced not just behind a desk, in an armchair, or in a church, but also in hospitals, in foodbanks, in workplaces, and on the streets. Theology is to be lived as well as read.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“This is a fierce critique of shallow Christian discipleship and irrelevant theological formation that has positioned the church on the fringes of our trivial and poverty-stricken cultures. This gifted author writes as a self-confessed outsider, an Anabaptist without a home, but this is the very strength of the book. He asks the question, ‘where have all the prophets gone?’ and then answers it with some chilling denunciations and challenging propositions. Three cheers for his call for pioneering theologians who will serve as apostles to the bewildering cultures of our age.”

—David Coffey, Global Ambassador BMS Mission, Past President of the Baptist World Alliance



“Searle’s call for a radical rethink of what often passes for ‘theological training’ is both welcome and long overdue. Many of his assertions expose fundamental shortcomings in historical and current preoccupations that are often bereft of prophetic imagination and revolutionary practice. This is a provocative, faith-full, and deeply passionate book.”

—Kate Coleman, Founding Director of Next Leadership, Past President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain



“While this book stands on its own, it is part of a broader ‘after Christendom’ series, which includes among others, Reading the Bible After Christendom by Lloyd Pieterson, Church after Christendom by Stuart Murray, and Atheism after Christendom by Simon Perry. Christendom is understood as a historical era whereby the Christian faith had a normative and indeed privileged position within most spheres of Western society.



The thesis of Searle’s work is that in the light of the new reality of post-Christendom, the purpose and practices of theology need to be re-envisioned and reimagined. Searle’s understanding of theology is not an erudite academic theology, but an everyday theology. If you are a disciple of Christ, you are a theologian. Theology is how we think, not only about God (theology can not be reduced to ‘God talk’), but how we address questions of ultimate concern within our lived experience. The choice for a Christian is never between either having a theology or not having a theology. The choice is between having a good theology or having a bad theology.



Searle’s passionate plea for a church in solidarity with the world is a powerful message. It is comprehensively researched, referenced, and footnoted. Much of what he says is persuasive."

—-Rob Clements, Rector of Kilternan (Diocese of Dublin)

Contributors-

Joshua T. Searle
Steve Chalke

Bio(s)-

Joshua T. Searle is Tutor in Theology and Public Thought at Spurgeon’s College, London. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Anabaptist Network and is a Companion of the Northumbria Community.

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