Things Fall Apart?

The Mission of God and the Third Decade

By Michael Paget-Wilkes

Foreword by Justin Welby

Things Fall Apart?

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  • ISBN: 9781532697289
  • Pages: 322
  • Publication Date: 5/29/2020
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Things Fall Apart?

The Mission of God and the Third Decade

By Michael Paget-Wilkes

Foreword by Justin Welby

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  • ISBN: 9781532697289
  • Pages: 322
  • Publication Date: 5/29/2020
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60
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This book calls for a major paradigm shift in the church’s thinking and practice if the church is to engage with the upcoming generations of the third decade of this fast-changing twenty-first century.

Just as the church has had to adapt to a changing context in the past, it now needs to engage seriously with this post-enlightenment, post-human, techno-centric age of artificial intelligence.

However, the church also needs to recall its counter-cultural, prophetic role, following Elijah, Jeremiah, Amos, Jesus, and Paul, challenging society as it faces complex dilemmas raised by technology-driven development in these unprecedented times.

The church will have to acknowledge unaddressed weaknesses in the past: of identifying with established power rather than vulnerability and the marginalized; of depending on a hierarchical, ministerial order at the expense of the ministry of every believer; of acquiescing to materialist, anthropocentric, and consumerist growth as an undisputable norm.

This book develops the vision of a church engaged in the mission of God: of welcoming technological development but with an eye on kingdom values; of promoting innovation, so long as it does not result in a growth of inequality, or at the expense of the environment; of pointing towards a humanity that deepens its relationships with its Creator, its fellow humans, and its environment.

The author calls on grassroots believers to reflect and act, within their local communities, as inspired and empowered daughters and sons of God, in the knowledge that following Jesus Christ provides a radical new paradigm for living, learning and leading, in and through these times of epochal change.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“One of the questions this book left me with was ‘How on earth can Christians be counter-cultural if they don’t understand their culture in the first place?’ Michael Paget-Wilkes does what very few writers about the church manage to do and invites us to a genuinely theological re-examination of what we think about human beings, where credibility comes from, what we think about thinking itself and much more. A rich, provocative, hopeful study.”

—Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge University



“The call to the church to understand who we are as the baptized people of God requires courage and a significant shift in the way we organize our structures and ways of being. It is an issue with which many people are grappling and the writer’s analysis of the past and how we have arrived at the present will stimulate minds and hearts, as we live in the present looking to the future.”

—Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester



“Chinua Achebe’s seminal novel shares the same title, but without the question mark. It describes a traditional society under pressure from both internal and external forces. To an extent Michael’s wide-ranging analysis follows a similar path. But in the end he suggests possible answers based on a reimagined and reconfigured church.”

—Jonathan Taylor, President of The Booker Prize Foundation



“Here is a vision of a renewed Christianity for a new epoch. Michael Paget-Wilkes maps out a radical new paradigm for followers of Jesus Christ in the third decade of the twenty-first century. The author provides a comprehensive assessment of ways in which the Western church has been seduced by it host cultures, the challenges ahead, and the critical moves required to live more faithfully to the gospel.”

—Stephen Pickard, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Contributors-

Michael Paget-Wilkes
Justin Welby

Bio(s)-

Michael Paget-Wilkes was ordained, serving in Wandsworth, New Cross, Rugby, and South Warwickshire, after working in Rural Development in Tanzania. Combining these professions, he consulted in relief and development for aid agencies and the Anglican Churches of Sudan/South Sudan. Committed to contextual Christian witness in areas of endemic need, Michael believes the Christian faith can contribute counter-culturally to emerging society in the third decade.

Michael is married to Gillian, with three children and ten grandchildren.

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