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Church in the Inventive Age (Christianity Now) Paperback – August 1, 2010
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It also reads like a sermon. It offers an analysis of the situation (especially reflections on culture and change), helps you chart where you are (Agrarian Age, Industrial Age, Information Age, or Inventive Age, which he also charts as rural, urban, suburban, global, see page 35), and then moves to encouragement to action, either as a church "for," "with," or "as" the Inventive Age (see comparison chart on page 108).
In this sense, Pagitt's book is not unlike Niebuhr's Christ and Culture, and compares favorably to it. It is shorter, very clear, and up to date. Leaders of congregations are more likely to read it (it takes about as much time to read as to watch a movie--Niebuhr's book takes two or three days to read well).
The other reason Pagitt's book compares to Niebuhr is that, although Pagitt says that churches that are informed by previous eras still can and should exist in the modern era (he offers great advice on how to be Agrarian, Industrial, or Information Age churches given the new cultural situation), finally he does prefer and encourage the Inventive Age, just as Niebuhr ultimately prefers Christ transforming culture.
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Pagitt begins by describing the church through the various "ages"--Agrarian, Industrial, Information, and now, Inventive. Each "age" influenced and was influenced by the church, so Pagitt. Culture shapes the way the church behaves, reacts, and changes over time. Pagitt then goes on to describe how the church might go forward in the Inventive Age, describing and making suggestions.
Nowhere in the book does he make hard and fast rules for the church. In fact, the lack of hard and fast rules might be one of the features of the Inventive-Age church as Pagitt sees it. The church will have to utilize people's desire to create information in order to continue to spread the message effectively, so Pagitt.
A drawback I have with the book is its use of the generic feminine pronoun instead of the masculine--or the all inclusive plural third person. I understand that the general rule has been to stay clear of saying "a reader...he," however, the rectification of this problem is not to say "a worshiper...she," etc. The several places where Pagitt discusses welcoming people into ranks of the church seem to be invalidated by what can be considered his no-less-than intentional use of the feminine generic pronoun.Read more ›
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I asked all my readership team to read it. I think Doug really sums up the various aspects of how ages and ministry relate to each other, and also how the current age can affect... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Bill Milholland
Doug Pagitt does a great job of helping us to understand the various changes as we have gone from one age in society to the next. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by IowaOne
I will make this short and sweet, read it and act on it. Pagitt has written a book that makes the future of the church comprehensible and realistic.Published on March 29, 2011 by Peter Lambert
Those familiar with Doug Pagitt have come to appreciate his unconventional outlook, easygoing wit, refreshing perspective, and no-nonsense style. Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by dgs
In summary, I liked the book. When understood who it is for (church practitioners, lay leaders) and what it is trying to do (help folks think about how their church runs/moves, not... Read morePublished on August 22, 2010 by NJD
Just click on 1-Click and get the book. If you know Doug, then the rapid pace, laser light approach will not be a surprise. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Joni Powers
Doug Pagitt's new book, "Church in the Inventive Age," is at its best when it calls us to create a new future for the church. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Adam Moore