New Frontiers of Christianity

New Frontiers of Christianity

New Frontiers of Christianity

New Frontiers of Christianity

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The purpose of this symposium is to chart, in each of a dozen major areas of contemporary life, some of the new frontiers on which Christianity will find significant problems -- and opportunities-in the days and years ahead.

What is said here will ignite vigorous differences of opinion. When dedicated specialists discuss the future of their own fields, they run the risk of being considered visionary and impractical, and sometimes bellicose and inflammatory, or even heretical; leadership always includes being a target. It is informed imaginations such as theirs, however, that nourish the growing edge of Christianity and maintain its strength.

John Bennett's proposals for resolving the dispute over tax aid to parochial schools; Ian Barbour's vision of a hope in modern science for a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of the Christian faith; Roger Hazelton's provocative distinction between a viable theology and a rigid ideology; the possibilities for Christianity to become far more effective in the universities, as seen by J. Edward Dirks; Paul Schilpp's warning of the implications of rational philosophy for our theology and for the semantics of doctrine; the newly urgent problem, as articulated by Joseph Kitagawa, of our stance in confronting other religions in the coming compression of the world's population from numerous, widely scattered redoubts into a single shrinking chamber; the iconoclastic tactics proposed by Graydon McClellan for rescuing the minister from the religious-club chaplaincy to which he is increasingly relegated. . . . These are just a few . . .

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