What is Cafechurch For? Part 1: Modernity and The End of Christendom

Cafechurch is a church that meets in a bar in Fitzroy, in inner city Melbourne. But why? Is it just that we like drinking beer and talking about God? The first in a series, this presentation attempts to describe the spiritual situation in Australia, and more broadly in the context of modernism, secularism, and the post-Christendom situation. These processes are not entirely distinct, but broadly, modernity has led to the loss of the taken-for-grantedness of Christianity, which has in turn led to the church(es), once central to society and culture, becoming increasingly marginalised. This process is historically driven, and is characterised by a decline in numbers. This is the situation that Cafechurch, and churches like it, are operating thoughtfully within.

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