Changing Culture of the Church Essay

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We live in a society today that is vastly different to the one the previous generation grew up in; priorities have changed with people finding completely new ways to spend their time, people have an barrage of options presented to them with every decision and everyone seems to find someone else to blame for the current situation.
50 years ago this country was experiencing a cultural way of thinking known as modernity, this was described very well by Anthony Giddens here;
“Modernity is a shorthand term for modern society, or industrial civilisation, it is associated with a certain set of attitudes towards the world, the idea of the world as open to transformation, by human intervention”1

A great example of this occurred in 1969 with
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The cultural shift we are currently going through is known as postmodernism and it is rather unclear where it is leading the combined with its constantly shifting, changing and evolving nature makes it very hard to define. Tomlinson however does a good job of summing it up in this quote:
“The postmodern world is a world which understands itself through biological rather than mechanistic models; a world where people see themselves as belonging to the environment rather than over it or apart from it. A world distrustful of institutions, hierarchies, centralised bureaucracies and male dominated organisations... A world hungry for spirituality yet dismissive of systemised religion. It is a world in which image and reality are so deeply intertwined that it is difficult to draw a line between the two”2

Through this change a number of obvious changes have become apparent, a major one of which is the changing shape of the family and the extinction of traditional family life with it. In a study entitled Social Structure, Murdock3 examined the institution of the family in a wide range of societies and deemed that as such the family is universal. There are many types of family structure:

The Nuclear family is where children live with both parents until they are of an age where they leave home for reasons of work or further education. In a survey done by the government for the year 2004, 66% of

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