Visions for the Church

Visions for the Church
Scepticism, disappointment, renunciation: the situation of the church seems more volatile than...
Visions for the Church
Paul M. Zulehner
Scepticism, disappointment, renunciation: the situation of the church seems more volatile than ever. Paul M. Zulehner, however, is convinced that it is not the church that is in crisis, but the changing times demand a reshaping. In a run through the history of the Christian Church and Culture, he shows that Christianity has often come to crossroads, at which renewal and departure were necessary. The key to rebirth he sees in powerful visions. In the gospel and in art, in poetry and myth, he finds stimuli which encourage finding new pathways. With this book, Zulehner gives Christians incentives for a church committed to the future. Meditating, true to life and practical, his vision calls for a "resurrection" of the church. Live! "Today, perhaps we have so much discontent in some parts of the worldwide church, because we lack motivating visions. Structures are indispensable for the incarnation of a vision in history. But they are not a substitute for visions. The present church reorganisation concerns more structures than visions. We speak more about money than God. Of course Churches have to make structural adjustments. And, only if these are done, the Churches start thinking about visions. As Saarinen teaches - we should look at things the other way round."

Paul M. Zulehner, Dr. phil., Dr. theol., is one of the best-known sociologists of religion in Europe. From 1984 until his retirement in 2008 he was Professor for Pastoral Theology in Vienna. In his numerous publications, he deals with topics of the sociology of religion, church sociology and pastoral theology.

Content: Visions for the Church Church reorganisation: An introduction The nostalgic retro-temptation Need for visions Liveliness of an organisation Vision's weakness About the power of visions Everyone is gifted with visions Unspent Visions of the Church Orpheus and Christ Maturing into cosmic Christ The Descent of Christ into Hades: Of what do we believe God is capable? Becoming like the father Live! Basic processes of Church life The Last Supper and the Washing of the Feet And Sarah laughed A gender just Church The star of the vision About the author Informations about the book Imprint Publisher Information
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