Secular Lives, Sacred Hearts Summary

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Critical Evaluation: Secular Lives, Sacred Hearts: The role of the Church in a time of no religion | | | | Introduction: We are living in a society today where the word Church will bring up many contentions and unsociable remarks. The Church needs to think about the apathy that frequents the locals, in the communities who choose not to come to a regular worship service. Alan Billings has written a book entitled, “Secular Lives, Sacred Hearts, The role of the Church in a time of no religion”. This book encapsulates the dilemma the Church is in and consequently the demise of a generation of Church goers. But, this book does offer hope for the spirituality of those who do not attend church regularly. Billings states, “People may live…show more content…
There is a strong emphasis put on keeping those in the fold of the Church and going out and recruiting the heathens who do not come to Church. Instead Billings has so graciously broaden the prospective to show the Church that the people who are not coming should still be a part of the Church community and their needs are just as important as those inside the Church. The greatest opportunities for the Church are when the ‘outsiders’ decide they have a reason to come and use the Church as a resource. They may need the Church for a baptism, a wedding, or a funeral; these opportunities are great to show that the Church bears life and is there to support them. The present society appears to have an identity predicament with the Church, because there is a tremendous amount of self-help propaganda in this society; therefore they simply do not care about a commitment with the Church, but can read about how to be better people in the comfort and safety of their own homes. This concept is safe and they do not open themselves up for disappointment or tedious Church tasks. Billings notes, “Participation in Church life is not seen as crucial for the practice of Christianity, it is the practice of Christianity that British people think important.” (Billings, 2004, p. 104) The British thinking has become a…show more content…
There are people who live in a secular world, worlds that is non-religious, but who identify, in their hearts, with Christianity. They are a breed of people who are challenging the Church to become ecumenical in its thinking and if the Church will not get out into the community to help others this group will be found doing the work of the ‘Church’. Pastoral Carers and/or Ministers have challenging roles that must include these Christians who will most likely never come into their Churches. The inclusion of these people will exemplify the most powerful form of love that could ever exist, a love that is unconditional and a love that does not come with wrong motives. The traditions of man must give way to this new generation of worshippers, worshippers who are not frequenting the Church but are in the communities helping, reading ‘spiritual’ books to help them learn about being great people, and having a relationship with God. This is the generation of the Church without walls, they are not seeking the norm, but are challenging the traditional Church to come and meet them and when they do come for baptisms, funerals, or weddings to accept them. The Church must take these opportune moments and get to know these individuals and they may have the answers that the Church is seeking now. There is a responsibility that the Church has that must take place before It can prosper

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