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Author Van de Poll, Evert

Title Europe and the gospel : past influences, current developments, mission challenges / Evert van de Poll
Published Warsaw : Versita, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (330 pages) : figure
Series Versita discipline: theology, religious studies
Contents Introduction: Ambiguity and paradox -- ch. 1: Look at Europe -- What's in a Name? -- Population: Ageing and Changing -- Global Influence -- Implications for European Christians -- ch. 2: Cross Over Europe -- Diversity -- Religious Zones -- A Socio-Cultural Cross -- Old and New Divides in the East -- How Does Evangelicalism Fit Into the Picture? -- ch. 3: The Idea of 'Europe' -- 'Europe' as a Christian Realm -- Protestant 'Europe' -- 'Europe' as Civilisation -- ch. 4: Contemporary Ideas of 'Europe' -- Community of Values -- Cultural Zone or Family of Cultures -- House of Nations -- 'Europe' as Part of 'the West' -- 'We' Versus the 'others' -- ch. 5: The 'Construction of Europe' -- Attempts to Unite Europe -- The Time Was Ripe -- The Construction of Europe -- First Stage -- U-turn in the East -- The Construction of Europe -- Second Phase -- Emerging Red Line in the East -- Objectives and Motto -- ch. 6: A Time to Remember, a Time to Build -- Evangelical Views on European Unity -- Remember the Moments of Grace -- Ora et Labora -- ch. 7: National and European Identities -- European Identity -- National Identity and 'Nationalism' -- The Case of Europe -- Complementary Identities -- 'Europe' and 'the Other' -- Biblical Perspective -- ch. 8: Mobility, Migration and Widening Horizons -- Mobility and Migration -- Migration -- Widened Horizons and Reinforced Diversity -- Opportunities for Christians -- ch. 9: Multiculturality and the Issue of Integration -- External Immigration -- Multicultural Society -- Political Reactions -- Challenges for Churches in Society -- ch. 10: Muslims in Europe -- Facts and Fears -- Facts -- Muslim Presence Becomes an Issue -- The Fear for Violent Anti-Western Radicalism -- ch. 11: Concerns and Prospects -- a Soul for Europe -- Crisis and Setback -- Concerns -- Eurosceptics -- What Next? Options for the Future -- Give Europe a Soul -- ch. 12: Roots of European Cultures -- Which Roots? -- The Mediating Role of Christianity -- Jewish and Muslim Influences -- Christian Roots ... -- Turn Roots Into Sources -- ch. 13: Heritage of European Christianity -- Continued Existence of Churches and Communities -- The Bible -- Global Christianity -- Foundational Values in Society -- Cultural Heritage -- Institutional Heritage -- Christian Political Presence -- Implications for Christians -- ch. 14: The Mixed Balance of History -- Setting the Record Straight -- Complicity With Injustice, Protests and Alternatives -- Theological Interpretations of 'Europe' -- ch. 15: In What Ways is Europe Post-Christian? -- Post-Christianised -- Post-Constantinian (Christendom) -- Post-Religious (Secularised) -- Post-Modern -- Post-Evangelised -- ch. 16: Barriers for the Gospel, Confidence in God -- A Specific Context for the Communication of the Gospel -- Barriers -- Confidence -- ch. 17: How Christian is Europe Today? -- Christians in a Secularized and Multi-religious Society -- Marginal Church Membership -- Believing and/or Behaving Without Belonging -- Vicarious and Default Religion -- Europe Still Considered to be Christian -- Post-secular?
Summary The key to understanding 'Europe' is the paradox of the influence of Christianity and its concurrent abandonment of its message and institutions. In his thought-provoking analysis, the author focuses on the European Christian and other roots, the idea of 'Europe' in the past and present, the construction of the EU, immigration and integration, as well as secularisation as a European phenomenon, focusing on challenges for the Churches in mission
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes © 2013 Evert Van De Poll This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license, which means that the text may be used for non-commercial purposes, provided credit is given to the author
Subject Christianity.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 8376560379
8376560387 (e-book)
9788376560380 (e-book)