• About the PCS Journal

    The McMaster Divinity College Centre for Post-Christendom Studies (MDCCPCS) is a research center for both Christian ministry and academic leaders. Its mission is to chart the course forward for post-Christendom churches. To this end, it describes and analyzes post-Christendom contexts and looks for solutions to the challenges they pose. Articles published in Post-Christendom Studies (PCS) will advance the Centre’s mission.

    Post-Christendom Studies publishes research on the nature of Christian identity and mission in the contexts of post-Christendom. Post-Christendom refers to places, both now and in the past, where Christianity was once a significant cultural presence, though not necessarily the dominant religion. Sometimes “Christendom” refers to the official link between church and state. The term “post-Christendom” is often associated with the rise of secularization, religious pluralism, and multiculturalism in western countries over the past sixty years. Our use of the term is broader than that however. Egypt for example can be considered a post-Christendom context. It was once a leading center of Christianity. “Christendom” moreover does not necessarily mean official public and dominant religion. For example, under Saddam Hussein, Christianity was probably a minority religion, but, for the most part, Christians were left alone. After America deposed Saddam, Christians began to flee because they became a persecuted minority. In that sense, post-Saddam Iraq is an experience of post-Christendom — it is a shift from a cultural context in which Christians have more or less freedom to exercise their faith to one where they are persecuted and/or marginalized for doing so.

  • Current Volume

    Post-Christendom Studies 3 (2018–2019)

    ARTICLE

    PAUL DOERKSEN
    Post-Christendom Virtue Ethics
    5–37

    PATRICK SUTHERLAND
    Wayfinding: Developing a Metaphor for Contemporary Preaching
    38–57

    STUART BLYTHE
    Eating Forbidden Food: Peter, Baptist Polity, and Engaging with Culture
    58–80

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  • Editors And Editorial Board

    Senior Editors
    Steven M. Studebaker, McMaster Divinity College
    Lee Beach, McMaster Divinity College
    Gordon L. Heath, McMaster Divinity College

    Editorial Assistant
    Taylor Murray, PhD Student, McMaster Divinity College

    Editorial Board
    John E. Franke, Theologian in residence, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis and Evangelical Theological Faculty
    Najib G. Awad, Hartford Seminary
    A. J. Swoboda, Theophilus Church (pastor), George Fox Evangelical Seminary
    Joel Thiessen, Ambrose University

  • Submissions

    Submissions can fall under a variety of areas of theology, history, culture, and practice. The journal encourages interdisciplinary approaches from a variety of fields of study—e.g., sociology, philosophy, and political science. These approaches may be prescriptive—e.g., an Anabaptist view on post-Christendom—or descriptive—e.g., changing voting patterns among Christians. The following serve as examples of relevant topics within each of these areas. They are intended only as guides.

    Theology

    • The relationship between the Church and State, the kingdom of God and earthly kingdoms
    • The role of theology in relation to other disciplines in the contexts of post-Christendom
    • The way post-Christendom affects and changes theological discourse.

    History

    • The reasons behind, responses to, the disappearance and decline of Christian communities around the world
    • What can contemporary Christian communities learn from historical experiences of post-Christendom and de-Christianization?

    Culture

    • The effects of post-Christendom on culture and the Church—e.g., philosophical, sociological, and political dimensions
    • Changing attitudes towards the Christian faith and its adherents as they are portrayed in arts and media

    Practice

    • Challenges for the Church arising from the contexts of post-Christendom
    • Emerging forms of doing Church that attempt to address these challenges
    • Post-Christendom and the proclamation of the Gospel

    Guidelines for Articles

    • Each article includes an abstract not to exceed 150 words.
    • Most articles are between 5000 and 7000 words and normally should not exceed 10,000 words.
    • For style please consult the PCS style (MDC Style Guide)
    • Submissions should be sent to the editorial assistant (mdccpcs@mcmaster.ca)
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