Gibbs, Ch. 3 “Characteristics & Causes of Nominality”

August 17, 2008

I was a little confused by the diagrams on p. 75 of the “extent of nominality.”  The boundaries are drawn hard around the church and around the world with some (nominal) overlap.  My question: what about the centered-set model with Jesus (or the church, or whatever) in the middle and a porous boundary around it with many people either inside or outside the boundary moving either toward or away from the center?  Is the diagram on p. 75 really appropriate or helpful in this conversation?  This book was initially written in the early 70s.  How does the postmodern idea of process/journey relate to the questions about church and nominality?  The line is blurring between sacred and secular…how can we be in the world but not of it?

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