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Modern Church Series (6 vols.)
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Overview

The Modern Church Series seeks answers to the toughest questions facing Christianity in a postmodern world. These six volumes use new approaches to reach innovative and often unconventional conclusions on issues such as religious pluralism, immortality, sex, the Bible, and atonement. Whether you’re looking for answers yourself or seeking a better understanding of the lay of the theological land, this collection will help you think through varying perspectives on these challenging questions.

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Key Features

  • Discusses tough questions on issues such as immortality, sex, and religious pluralism
  • Approaches challenges facing the modern church in an innovative way
  • Offers some unconventional conclusions to controversial issues

Individual Titles

Making Sense of Death and Immortality

  • Author: Paul Badham
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 96

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Is there life after death? Do heaven and hell exist? Paul Badham, a leading authority in research on death and near-death experiences, argues that belief in immortality is essential to the coherence of Christian doctrine and worship. In Making Sense of Death and Immortality, Badham accomplishes three things: he links the extensive historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection with the Christian hope of life after death, examines what religious and near-death experiences tell us about our relationship with God, and he explains religious objections to belief in hell and outlines ways in which the hope of heaven is articulated today.

This engaging book effectively encapsulates arguments for and against a belief in the afterlife and helps us to make sense of death and what is to come.

Paul Badham is professor of theology and religious studies and director of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Center at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He is a vice-president of the Modern Churchpeople’s Union, a patron of Dignity in Dying, and an Anglican priest. His research focuses on religious and ethical beliefs concerning life, death and immortality.

Making Sense of Faith in God: How Belief Makes Science Possible

  • Author: Jonathan Clatworthy
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 112

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Many people’s understanding of the world does not include God. A number of “new atheist” authors—such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett—claim that science can explain the universe without any need for the divine. Jonathan Clatworthy observes that this seems to have become the default position in modern Western culture. But a great number of people are prepared to spend time and effort trying to establish some sort of spiritual dimension to their lives. Faced with the false dilemma of either rejecting modern scientific knowledge or all awareness of the divine, they choose from a range of vaguely spiritual practices and ideas, which can be picked up and dropped with minimal commitment.

Making Sense of Faith in God, as the title indicates, offers a third way: to reject neither reason nor God, because believing in God makes sense.

Making Sense of God’s Love: Atonement and Redemption

  • Author: Lorraine Cavanagh
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 96

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Lorraine Cavanagh seeks to help those trapped by guilt and a dark view of God as punitive and bloodthirsty. It presents the central doctrine of the atonement in a wider spiritual framework for Christians, in a way which will respond to their spiritual as well as theological needs.

Making Sense of Religious Pluralism: Shaping Theology of Religions for Our Times

  • Author: Alan Race
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 112

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Is Christian faith the only or best route to relationship with God? In Making Sense of Religious Pluralism, Alan Race argues that new relationships, shared common action and dialogue between people whose experiences differ are changing the way Christian theologians are thinking about religious pluralism. No longer objects of ridicule or condemnation, world religions are genuine vehicles of spiritual vision, capable of transforming human hearts and minds.

Throughout his career, Race has built reputation for understanding and dialogue between faith communities. In this work, he deals with the use of Scripture, inclusivism and exclusivism, pluralism and particularism, and mission and dialogue. The next phase of Christian thought, he argues, will be shaped by new appreciation and insight stemming from the fact that Christianity is one religion among many.

Alan Race is dean of postgraduate studies at St. Philip’s Center and priest of St. Philip’s Church, Leicester.

Making Sense of Sex

  • Author: Adrian Thatcher
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 96

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All living creatures are sexed. Human beings belong to societies where traditions about who can have sex with whom, and how, and when, are centuries old. Making Sense of Sex assumes that there is a rational way of understanding our basic drives. Adrian Thatcher argues that realizing our failure to get sex right is the beginning of a proper and theological understanding of sex.

The Christian tradition, especially in its conservative forms, is often thought to be unhelpful in making sense of sex. Christian sexual ethics may seem overly demanding: holistic in theory, yet sexist and pessimistic in practice. Adrian Thatcher argues, however, that instead of being pessimistic about sex, Christians can be grateful realists instead.

Making Sense of Sex draws on unconventional theology to promote a mature union of spirituality and sexuality. Exploring topics such as desire, bodies and the body of christ, sexual difference, homosexuality, marriage, and Paul’s reflection on “flesh” and “spirit,” Thatcher hopes to guide readers towards a spiritual understanding of shared sexual love.

Adrian Thatcher has been a professional research fellow in applied theology at the University of Exeter since 2004. For 27 years (1977–2004) he taught theology and philosophy at University College Plymouth, St. Mark & St. John. In 1995 he was the first member of academic staff at the college to achieve the status of full professor. His main theological research interests at present are marriage, cohabitation, sexuality, families, and the uses and abuses of the Bible in the churches.

Making Sense of the Bible

  • Author: Helen-Ann Hartley
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 96

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In Making Sense of the Bible, Helen-Ann Hartley questions whether the Bible speaks with a unified voice on any matter. With humor and examples drawn from art and life, Hartley argues that our reading of the varied collection of writings that make up the Bible has to be generous, not exclusive.

According to Hartley, to appreciate fully the Bible’s richness and diversity, we have to wrestle critically and creatively with themes that attract us and repel us. Not only should we draw meaning from the Bible, we must let our lives contribute meaning to the stories it tells, engaging in conversation with those stories and allowing them to urge us into thought, speech, and action. Hartley concludes that to make sense of the Bible, we must first make sense of who we are in relationship to God.

Product Details

  • Title: Modern Church Series
  • Series: Modern Church
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 608