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The Wisdom of the Spirit

Gospel, Church and Culture, 1st Edition

By Martyn Percy, Pete Ward


228 pages

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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. Following Walker’s special interests in house churches, charismatic renewal, culture and faith, this book picks up on these themes and also looks more broadly at topics such as Pentecostalism, Alpha and post-Evangelicalism.


'This is a remarkable set of essays, exploring the varied interests of an outstanding scholar. The result is a powerful vision of the landscape of British Christianity but also of wider questions pertaining to religion in the contemporary world, bringing together sociology, theology, ecclesiology and history in a unique way.' - Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada

'Here is a remarkable collection of essays inspired by a remarkable man who has been a wide-ranging participant and careful observer of much of what the church in the West has been through in the last half century. Andrew Walker is the epitome of Anselm’s faith seeking understanding� and has helped us to engage critically, yet constructively with the changing interactions between ecclesia and cultura in an unprecedented period of social transformation. This book carries us further along that trajectory which helps us with the task of the church throughout the ages, to make Christ known.' - Rt Revd Richard Chartres, Bishop of London

'The essays in this volume match very well the character and interests of the person, Andrew Walker, whom they are intended to honour. Like his own innovative and enduring work, they succeed triumphantly in combining adventures and experiments in scholarship with a faithfulness to the Christian tradition and the Christian Church. The distinguished contributors have taken the opportunity, in paying their respects to Professor Walker, to open up the boundaries between theology and sociology, faith and culture, ecclesiology and empiricism, evangelicalism and Orthodoxy, religion and literature. They provide an indispensable guide to the complicated landscape of late-modernity which Andrew Walker has himself trodden with remarkable wisdom, opening up the terrain for us all.' - Paul S. Fiddes, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction; Retrieval and renewal: Andrew Walker, C.S. Lewis, and ‘Deep Church’, Alister E. McGrath; Catholic charismatics and restorationism in the UK, Keith Chappell; Symbiotic alchemy: mapping the futures of English revivalism and evangelicalism, Martyn Percy; Pentecostalism, William K. Kay; Exploring Alpha, James Heard; Fatherhood in British Evangelical Christianity: negotiating with mainstream culture, Kristin Aune; The widening gyre: counter-trends in evangelical theology and subculture, Robert Warner; Post-evangelicalism: exploring progressive orthodoxy, Dave Tomlinson; The charismata and the second naïveté, Nigel Goring Wright; Andrew Walker: on walking the interface between sociology and theology, David Martin; From the linear to the prototypical: an ecclesiology of the Third Article, William J. Abraham; Ahead of the game: Andrew Walker - an academic appreciation, Pete Ward; Interview with Professor Andrew Walker, conducted by the Revd Dr David Hilborn at Holy Trinity Brompton Church, London on 17 February 2011; References; Index.

About the Authors

Pete Ward is one of the leading ecclesiologists - well-known nationally and internationally, and the founder of the ecclesiology and ethnography seminar group, which attracts hundreds of scholars all over the world. He is well known for his writings on evangelicalism and culture. Martyn Percy was from 2004-14 the Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He writes and teaches on practical and pastoral theology, and modern ecclesiology. In 2014, he was appointed Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Ecclesiology

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.

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RELIGION / Christianity / General