Those of you interested in the transformation of church and Christian religion in advanced modernity should take notice of he edited volume below.
Authors: Anthony Carroll, Kees de Groot, Staf Hellemans, James Sweeney and others.
Staf Hellemans, Jozef Wissink (Eds.)
Towards a New Catholic Church in Advanced Modernity
Transformations, Visions, Tensions
Series: Tilburg Theological Studies/Tilburger Theologische Studien
Vol. 5, 2012, 280 pp., 29.90 EUR, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90204-7
A new Catholic Church is emerging in the West, one that is very different from the Church before 1960. The book aims to describe this new Church-in-the-making (its new position in society, its new structuring and workings, its new frame of mind) and to look in a prospective way at some basic issues the Church has to deal with (how to imagine Church in advanced modernity, how to attract youth and adults, rebuild local communities, refashion liturgy, rethink pastoral guidance). It is the result of an interdisciplinary endeavor by philosophers, sociologists and theologians, working at Tilburg University (the Netherlands), reinforced by two researchers from Heythrop College, University of London.
Staf Hellemans, Professor in the Sociology of Religion, Tilburg University.
Jozef Wissink, Professor in Practical Theology, Tilburg University.