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Mission Implausible Mission Implausible
Restoring Credibility to the Church

Duncan MacLaren
ISBN 1842272950 (9781842272954)
Paternoster, 2004

Category: Evangelism & Mission

Mission, apparently, has become more and more implausible as our message — and the church which carries that message — has become less and less credible in our modern, secularized society.

This book presents an in-depth sociological analysis of this situation and the factors that have taken us there. It's part of Paternoster's growing "Studies in Religion and Culture" series about which Christopher Partridge, Series Editor, states, "Perhaps more than ever before, there is a need for Christians to understand the shifting sands of religion and culture."

Duncan MacLaren will help you do just that, forcing you to do some careful thinking. Whether you're involved in church leadership, engaged in theological studies or simply someone who isn't afraid of using your grey cells, this is one you'll want to set some serious study time aside for. And with detailed footnotes throughout as well as an eight-page bibliography it's almost certain to get you reading further too. No theological library should be without a copy.

Phil Groom, February 2005

Phil Groom is this site's Webmaster and Reviews Editor. He's a freelance blogger, writer and web developer who spent ten years managing the bookshop at London School of Theology alongside eight years writing web reviews for Christian Marketplace magazine before he came to his senses and went independent. You can find him on facebook or follow him on twitter @notbovvered.

From a review previously published in Christian Marketplace Magazine, reused here by kind permission.
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