Waiting for Gospel: An Appeal to the Dispirited Remnants of Protestant 'Establishment.'.

Author:Nessan, Craig L.
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Waiting for Gospel: An Appeal to the Dispirited Remnants of Protestant "Establishment." By Douglas John Hall. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-6109-7672-5. xxix and 195 pages. Paper. $25.

Douglas John Hall continues to offer one of the most prophetic voices in contemporary theology. This collection of thirteen essays brings together analysis of the contemporary dilemmas facing mainline Protestantism and offers proposals for the renewal of theology and ethics after the end of Christendom. Hall early and consistently understood the dramatic changes affecting Christianity in Western society. This book summons the church to take up again with clarity its central calling of proclaiming and serving the gospel of Jesus Christ as its only authentic vocation.

According to Hall, the gospel that enlivened the life of the early church now often appears an afterthought in the contemporary church. The essays in this book summon the church to address "the frantic quest of North Americans for entertainment; our fascination with the gadgetry of 'communication' (though we may have little or...

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