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Ecclesial Canopy

Faith, Hope and Charity

Ecclesial Canopy

Faith, Hope and Charity

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Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781409441205
Published: 28/04/2012
Seeking to dynamically alter the way that theologians, ecclesiologists, students of religion and ministers look at the relationship between church and society, this book takes religion, politics and society as basic categories and explores how oft-overlooked issues are in fact highly significant for the shaping of theological and ecclesiological horizons. The "Ecclesial Canopy" is not, however, simply about reading meanings into religion, politics and society. Rather, it sets out to faithfully interpret much of the material that surrounds us, yet is often taken for granted or unnoticed. Paying close and patient attention to beliefs, language, artefacts, rituals, practices and other material - all of which are constitutive for ecclesial life and theological identity - this book offers an invitation of engagement to the scholar or minister. The "Ecclesial Canopy" makes a significant and important contribution to the field of pastoral and practical theology. Building on the concepts of implicit and invisible religion, Martyn Percy offers a fresh and original interpretative 'take' on contemporary society, appealing to clergy, laity, scholars and all those working in the field of theory and reflective practice in practical and pastoral theology.

Martyn Percy

Martyn Percy is Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon (Oxford) and Honorary Professor of Theological Education at King's College London. He holds degrees in theology from Bristol (BA Hons), King's College London (PhD) and Sheffield (M.Ed). He has taught at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, London, Sheffield and Manchester. His writings on Christianity and contemporary culture include Words, Wonders and Power: Understanding Christian Fundamentalism and Revivalism (SPCK, 1996), Power and the Church: Ecclesiology in an Age of Transition (Cassell, 1998), Salt of the Earth: Religious Resilience in a Secular Age (Continuum, 2002), Engaging Contemporary Culture: Christianity, Theology and the Concrete Church, (Ashgate, 2005), Clergy: The Origin of Species (Continuum, 2006) and Shaping the Church: The Promise of Implicit Theology (Ashgate 2010). He was recently Editor of Modern Believing, and was formerly a Council Member and Director of the Advertising Standards Authority. He is now a member of the Independent Complaints Panel for the Portman Group, the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry, and a Commissioner for the Direct Marketing Authority. He is Canon Theologian of Sheffield Cathedral and a Canon of Salisbury Cathedral.

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