Back to the Future: Faithful Presence in a Non-Christian World

Wednesday, 01 Nov 2017

“One of the greatest attractions of conversion to Christianity, it seems, was the love shown by Christians.”
The current moment in the Western church is a watershed in our history. Today, for the first time since antiquity, Western Christians inhabit a largely non-Christian society. For most of us, these changes take the form not of aggressive persecutions but of subtler social pressures. Regular church attendance is no longer a cultural expectation but, in many places, something of an oddity. In personal interactions, we have likely experienced questioning, misunderstanding, or even mockery of theological or moral beliefs once taken for granted in a notionally Christian polite society. Perhaps we have been drawn into the abyss ...

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