Author: John Knox

Future Emphasis of the Church in the Pacific Northwest

  With the acknowledged anti-institutional paradigm shift of religiosity in the Pacific Northwest, people from all avenues—ministerial, sociological and historical—are curious as to the future expressions and allowances of faith given the Sacro-Egoistical (radical individualism) embrace in modernity. The study and research done during the Knox 2007 McMinnville Project provided some evidence and clues to the spiritual paths of Oregonians. Based on the survey data and personal interviews of random citizens in that typical Oregonian city, future believers will hold personal piety and spirituality as a major priority, although perhaps not as high a priority as God, Jesus, and...

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Religious Radical Individualism in the Modern World: Part II

Transformational Possibilities and Congregational Realities Contrary to what some scholars such as Steve Bruce have suggested, people are not discarding the idea of God. Post-moderns in the Emerging Church have not abandoned God nor Jesus or the Bible, per se. Nor have they given up meeting in community with other Christians of like mind. True, they resist the authority of the church institution, which likely explains the official membership decline, but post-moderns are actively seeking, pursuing, and demanding personal religious options, wherever it might lead them—even off typical religious roads. Post-moderns (and Sacro-Egoists) do demand relational freedom with God...

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Religious Radical Individualism in the Modern World

Post-1960, Western Society has been undergoing a slow shift from conservative traditionalism, with its policed protection of permitted norms of behavior and religiosity to experiential individualism, which provides more permissiveness within and without church walls in the self-focused choices of people (and kinder judgments upon those actions). This evolution has involved the acceptance of alternative spiritual/theological avenues, divergent spiritual social norms (specifically concerning personal piety, vocational choices, gender roles, and sexual preferences), but truthfully, it has affected the whole of society. As Robert Pope states, [Tradition] has been swept aside in postmodernity, where the existence of a single, organizing...

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