Routledge Contemporary Ecclesiology

Series Editors:

The field of ecclesiology has grown remarkably in the last decade, and most especially in relation to the study of the contemporary church. Recently, theological attention has turned once more to the nature of the church, its practices and proclivities, and to interpretative readings and understandings of its role, function and ethos in contemporary society.

This series draws from a range of disciplines and established scholars to further the study of contemporary ecclesiology and publish an important cluster of landmark titles in this field. The series editors represent a range of Christian traditions and disciplines, and this reflects the breadth and depth of books developing in the Series. This series presents a clear focus on the contemporary situation of churches worldwide, offering an invaluable resource for students, researchers, ministers and other interested readers around the world working or interested in the diverse areas of contemporary ecclesiology and the important changing shape of the church worldwide.

  • The Rise and Fall of the English Christendom: Theocracy, Christology, Order and Power book cover

    The Rise and Fall of the English Christendom

    Theocracy, Christology, Order and Power

    By Bruce Kaye

    English Christendom has never been a static entity. Evangelism, politics, conflict and cultural changes have constantly and consistently developed it into myriad forms across the world. However, in recent times that development has seemingly become a general decline. This book utilises the motif of…

    Hardback – 2017-11-09
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  • The Anglican Imagination: Portraits and Sketches of Modern Anglican Theologians book cover

    The Anglican Imagination

    Portraits and Sketches of Modern Anglican Theologians

    By Robert Boak Slocum

    The variety and depth of Anglican theology is best engaged through personal encounter with its many sources - the theologians and theological witnesses themselves. Anglican theology is often worked out in personal terms that provide a synthesis between reflection on the truths of faith and the…

    Paperback – 2017-03-31
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  • The Future Shapes of Anglicanism: Currents, contours, charts book cover

    The Future Shapes of Anglicanism

    Currents, contours, charts

    By Martyn Percy

      To many people, the Church of England and worldwide Anglican Communion has the aura of an institution that is dislocated and adrift. Buffeted by tempestuous and stormy debates on sexuality, gender, authority and power – to say nothing of priorities in mission and ministry, and the…

    Paperback – 2017-02-14
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  • Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion: 1980 to the Present book cover

    Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion

    1980 to the Present

    Edited by David Goodhew

    The Anglican Communion is one of the largest Christian denominations in the world. Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion is the first study of its dramatic growth and decline in the years since 1980. An international team of leading researchers based across five continents provides a global…

    Paperback – 2016-12-15
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  • The Holy Spirit and the Church: Ecumenical Reflections with a Pastoral Perspective book cover

    The Holy Spirit and the Church

    Ecumenical Reflections with a Pastoral Perspective

    Edited by Thomas Hughson

    Advancing strong, scholarly discussion on the Holy Spirit and the church in the context of the ecumenical movement, six theologians in five different churches offer new theological and pastoral insights into the work of the Holy Spirit in the churches of Christianity, in ecumenism, and in witness.…

    Hardback – 2016-06-10
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  • Practical Theology and Pierre-André Liégé: Radical Dominican and Vatican II Pioneer book cover

    Practical Theology and Pierre-André Liégé

    Radical Dominican and Vatican II Pioneer

    By Nicholas Bradbury

    Pierre-André Liégé, one of the foremost French theologians of the 20th century, influenced John XXIII and Paul VI, and sat on Vatican II committees with both the future John Paul II and Benedict VI. Fifty years on from Vatican II is a good time to remember the decade of dramatic struggle and…

    Hardback – 2016-03-18
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  • The Wisdom of the Spirit: Gospel, Church and Culture book cover

    The Wisdom of the Spirit

    Gospel, Church and Culture

    By Martyn Percy, Pete Ward

    In this groundbreaking book exploring Christianity and contemporary culture, internationally-renowned scholars (including David Martin, Alister McGrath, Billy Abraham, Billy Kay and Pete Ward), interface with the legacy of Andrew Walker’s work and look forward in their own predictions of trends.…

    Hardback – 2016-03-18
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  • Virtue Ecclesiology: An Exploration in The Good Church book cover

    Virtue Ecclesiology

    An Exploration in The Good Church

    By John Fitzmaurice

    Critiquing a paradigm of growth within the church, this book contends that the church’s growth ethic should be replaced by one based on virtue. Drawing on the work of Sennett, Fromm, and Hauerwas, John Fitzmaurice argues that an approach taking growth to be the overriding task of the church is…

    Hardback – 2015-12-18
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  • Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Anglican Communion: Powers and Pieties book cover

    Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Anglican Communion

    Powers and Pieties

    By Abby Day

    Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Anglican Communion offers unique perspectives on an organisation undergoing significant and rapid change with important religious and wider sociological consequences. The book explores what the academic research community, Anglican clergy and laypeople are…

    Hardback – 2015-12-07
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  • A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies: Understanding Spiritual Care in Public Places book cover

    A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies

    Understanding Spiritual Care in Public Places

    Edited by Christopher Swift, Mark Cobb, Andrew Todd

    A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies explores fundamental issues and critical questions in chaplaincy, spanning key areas of health care, the prison service, education and military chaplaincy. Leading authors and practitioners in the field present critical insight into the challenges and opportunities…

    Paperback – 2015-08-28
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  • Towards a Theology of Church Growth book cover

    Towards a Theology of Church Growth

    By David Goodhew

    Concern about church growth and decline is widespread and contentious, yet theological reflection on church growth is scarce. Reflecting on the Bible, dogmatic theology and church history, this book situates the numerical growth of the church within wider Christian theology. Leading international…

    Paperback – 2015-05-20
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  • Testing Fresh Expressions: Identity and Transformation book cover

    Testing Fresh Expressions

    Identity and Transformation

    By John Walker

    Testing Fresh Expressions investigates whether fresh expressions of church really do what is claimed for them by the fresh expressions movement and, in particular, whether their unique approach helps to reverse trends of decline experienced by traditional churches. Part 1 examines those claims…

    Hardback – 2014-08-11
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  • Mothering as a Metaphor for Ministry book cover

    Mothering as a Metaphor for Ministry

    By Emma Percy

    Drawing together original research which weaves together ideas from theology, philosophy, feminism and writing on mothering and child development, Emma Percy affirms and encourages aspects of good practice in ministry that are in danger of being overlooked because they are neither well-articulated…

    Hardback – 2014-01-08
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  • Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion book cover

    Anglicanism

    Confidence, Commitment and Communion

    By Martyn Percy

    This focused concentration and celebration of Anglican life could not be more timely. Debates on sexuality and gender (including women bishops), whether or not the church has a Covenant, or can be a Communion, and how it is ultimately led, are issues that have dominated the ecclesial horizon for…

    Paperback – 2013-06-10
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  • Society Shaped by Theology: Sociological Theology Volume 3 book cover

    Society Shaped by Theology

    Sociological Theology Volume 3

    By Robin Gill

    Over the last thirty years a number of theologians have been using aspects of sociology alongside the more traditional resources of philosophy. In turn, sociologists with an interest in theology have also contributed to an interaction between theology and sociology. The time is right to revisit the…

    Paperback – 2013-04-16
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  • Theology Shaped by Society: Sociological Theology Volume 2 book cover

    Theology Shaped by Society

    Sociological Theology Volume 2

    By Robin Gill

    Theology Shaped by Society argues that the sociology of knowledge can make an important contribution to theology. Part I argues that theology can be seen as a 'socially constructed reality' that is sometimes dangerously related to power but, at other times, that is a positively engaged discipline…

    Paperback – 2012-09-19
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  • Church Growth in Britain: 1980 to the Present book cover

    Church Growth in Britain

    1980 to the Present

    Edited by David Goodhew

    There has been substantial church growth in Britain between 1980 and 2010. This is the controversial conclusion from the international team of scholars, who have drawn on interdisciplinary studies and the latest research from across the UK. Such church growth is seen to be on a large scale, is…

    Paperback – 2012-05-28
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  • A Reader in Ecclesiology book cover

    A Reader in Ecclesiology

    By Bryan P. Stone

    This Reader presents a diverse and ecumenical cross-section of ecclesiological statements from across the twenty centuries of the church's existence. It builds on the foundations of early Christian writings, illustrates significant medieval, reformation, and modern developments, and provides a…

    Paperback – 2012-04-28
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  • Theology in a Social Context: Sociological Theology Volume 1 book cover

    Theology in a Social Context

    Sociological Theology Volume 1

    By Robin Gill

    Over the last 30 years a number of theologians have been using aspects of sociology alongside the more traditional resources of philosophy. In turn, sociologists with an interest in theology have also contributed to an interaction between theology and sociology. The time is right to revisit the…

    Paperback – 2012-04-28
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  • Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism: The Sydney Experiment book cover

    Sydney Anglicans and the Threat to World Anglicanism

    The Sydney Experiment

    By Muriel Porter

    Sydney Anglicans, always ultra-conservative in terms of liturgy, theology and personal morality, have increasingly modelled themselves on sixteenth century English Puritanism. Over the past few decades, they have added radical congregationalism to the mix. They have altered church services,…

    Paperback – 2011-08-08
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