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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Publication details for Professor Mathew Guest

Guest, Mathew. & Taylor, Steve. (2006). The post-evangelical emerging church innovations in New Zealand and the UK. International journal for the study of the christian church 6(1): 49-64.

Author(s) from Durham


This article explores new religious groups who build a distinctive vision of the ‘emerging church’ by drawing from a post-evangelical perspective. Specifically, we explore the ways in which two groups (a Baptist church in Auckland, New Zealand, and a group attached to a Church of England parish in York, UK) re-imagine church and reflexively reconfigure ideas of Christian religion, in light of their embrace of a ‘post-modern’ view of the world. Throughout, the focus remains on the question of how religious groups, which self-consciously embrace a post-modern worldview – emphasising detraditionalisation and individualism – sustain durable Christian communities.


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