April 30, 2007

postliberal congregations?

From Christian Century:
The impact of Radical Reformation theology or, more broadly, postliberal theology (through the force of figures like Lindbeck, Milbank and Hauerwas) on mainline Protestants in recent decades has been impressive... Postliberalism’s positive impact on pastoral morale seems evident enough, given its emphasis on liturgy, Christian formation and the countercultural identity of congregations. But this stress on ecclesial life would seem to demand that congregations, not just pastors, be reshaped. After two decades, is there any evidence that is happening? Is anybody studying how ministers, energized by the postliberal agenda, actually fare in congregations, and how congregations respond?

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