48 RICHARD SCHLÜTER CHRI S TIAN CHURCHES CHANGING TOWARDS POSTMODERNISM A practical-theological reflexion The two contributions, to which this article is referring, show - heaped together - from different perspectives, in what way Christian churches and denominations are fundamentally affected by their change towards postmodernism. They demonstrate that Christianity within the churches, experiences and individualization of its relation to meaningful for life, which is connected with a far-reaching weakening of its institutional state. They underline the tendency towards an intensified pluralization and also polariza- tion of the manifestations of Christianity and its religious communities, as a result of which, traditional boundaries between religious communities, diffe- rences and exchanges of thought between religious communities gradually become less important. The Dutch study thus shows that differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants derived from denominational characteristics and linked to ideals that existed until now, can nowadays hardly be estab- lished anymore, when looking at religious and social patterns of thought and behaviour. Only in church communities that seemingly live in a 'closed room', isolated from processes of modernization, these denominational characteristics are still clearly available and are passed on. Consequently, the degree to which views on values and patterns of thought
Journal of Empirical Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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