Engaging with the Religion of Those Who Do Not Attend Public Worship
Keywords:church attendance, church membership, religious experience
AbstractThis religion can be explored in terms of Experiences, Beliefs, and Practices. ‘Experiences’ includes passing through crisis; meeting the dead, and extra-sensory perception; and relational consciousness. ‘Beliefs’ explore the roles of induction and intuition; the continuing quest; and life after death. ‘Practices’ are articulated as the golden rule; the common round; and prayer. This paper defines religion, expounds the work of some researchers, suggests how a church might adopt the role of chaplain to this religion, and hints at a theology that might under-gird such work. It suggests that pluriformity within the church’s own Trinitarian tradition enables it to operate within whichever model is most appropriate for the people with whom it is dealing.
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