After Christendom: How Theological Anomalies Took the USA into Chaos, and What Can be Done
Title: After Christendom
Subtitle: How Theological Anomalies Took the USA into Chaos, and What Can be Done
Subject Classification: Religion and Faith, History, Politics and Government
BIC Classification: HRC, HB, JP
BISAC Classification: POL072000, REL070000, SOC039000
Binding: Hardback, pp.320
Publication date: 16th February 2023
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-111-7
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-112-4
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Historically affirming certain post-WWII constructive theologians and social theorists, After Christendom unpacks theological anomalies negatively denying the science underlying global warming, wedge issues supporting systemic racism, and certain erroneous decisions made by mainline churches and the evangelical movement.
Anomalies occur when something taken for granted no longer fits current situations. The so-called mainline church and the evangelical movement have not addressed or reconstructed their theological anomalies. Caught inside cultural accommodation, the more liberal mainline church often does not recognize its historical tie to a pre-modern God, a transactional definition of the crucifixion, and Jesus’ consignment to the cross. A companion argument suggests that the evangelical movement’s inability to respond to the pre-modern depiction of God as an omnipotent, theocratic King helped provide sufficient votes for Trump’s successful presidential run. Both groups inability to face such theological anomalies rests within a belief in conservative originalism, an unwillingness to move beyond European Christendom’s earliest theological constructions.
After Christendom will be of particular interest to seminary, divinity school, university, and college libraries, as well as seminary students and professors, members of college and university departments of religion, history, and political science, and ministers and church leaders.
Authors: William R. Myers retired from directing leadership education for The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). He came to that position from his role as Academic Dean with The Chicago Theological Seminary where he was Professor of Religious Education. Barbara Kimes Myers is Professor Emerita, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
"This book by William and Barbara Myers faces seriously and honestly the crisis faced by conventional established Christianity in the West. The authors see that the church must boldly move into new forms and patterns in order to connect to the new world that is emerging. This book is an invitation to fresh thinking that is in touch with cultural reality and deeply rooted in Gospel faith."
- Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, USA