Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 21, 1969 · Page 14
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14 · NwthwMl AifcenMM TMMS, MM., April *'· ARKAMAt Church Scholars Take Look At Christianity's Future BT GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) - A shrinkage in the church's monolithic forms . . . the growth of varied. unofficial Christian movements . . . a fading of denominationalism . . . increasing social involvement ... sharp pried theological thought and awareness of God's sovereignty. These are coming characteris tics of Christianity by the end of the century as foreseen hy a number of leading church scho! sr.s. Looking ahead for the next 25 year?, some of them also offer d i f f e r i n g assessments and un certainties, where the penduturr could swing either way. Most expect a decline in hulk mem hership. hut intensified quality and disciplined life styles. Among other varying predic lions: --An overshadowing atmos phere of technology and secular ization. which will hnth reduce religion's popular appeal, yet clarify the nature of its demands r,nd values. Congressman Notes Library Importance April 20-26. 1969 is National Library Week. Congressman John Paul Hamerschmidt said today: "I believe area and commun ity libraries to be among our most important public facilities. As my colleague. Wilbur Mills, recently stated at the dedication of a new library building for Bald Knob. "Books are the seed- corn of civilization." And libraries ar« the warehouses for this "seed corn" -- books. "The Library Services a n d Construction Act helps states to increase their book supplies, and increase their library fa cilities. Title f of the Act ha.' strengthened the system of county and regional libraries bv enabling hiring of larger staffs, purchase of modern equipment, and the addition of --A potential alienation of the ihurch's predominant middle jlass membership. --A maturing social commit ment, yet as physical goals are met. a turn toward greater in cllectual-theological concerns --A rising tide of so-called 'underground" churches or in :ormal. unofficial religious movements alongside trimmed down institutional structures. MINORITY FORESEES A "church in diaspora." Sey eral analysts have projected it phrase coined by German Catholic theologian Karl Rah ner. foreseeing a future when present downward statistica trends have reduced Christian ty to a smaller, scattered mi nority. "Massive church blocks wil be gone, eroded," says the Re\ Dr. Johannes C. Hoekendijk, Dutch Refmored theologian, o N'ew York's Union Seminary "There will he fewer and fewe related to church life . . . Ther will be also this whole trend t the 'underground church.' He and others offered thei predictions in the current issu of World Outlook, a Methodis j o u r n a l in a special issue o "M i s s i o n in the Year 2000. .Many of their expectations, pa! allel those voiced increasing! by many church thinkers in th countr\ p and abroad. "Secularization will conlin :ie." says Dr. Peter L. Berger. Lutheran lay theologian and si ciologist of the New School fo Social Research here, makin fewer "religious people vet putting the religious cha enge in sharper focus. TWO ASPECTS There arc both fortunate an unfortunate aspects to secular zation," he says. Its negative effect is to o S£ure "religious entities." cau ing a "certain loss of reality he says. "People become closi to reality and to aspects of the own experience. There is a tr vialization of mystery, of ecst sy and of awe, andx resulting i po\ erishment." and of awe. and a resulting i poverishment." Yet at the same time, he say secularization eliminates t tendency for religion to "be ta en for granted: it is not part the accepted baggage. Secularization forces people to make choices and makes for a bottei situation in which to confront the religious options clearly." The Rev. Dr. Albert Outlcr, ol Methodism's Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, says the half a-million volumes to li- TMdcrn secular preoccupations hrnry shelves. K lhe clllirch ma - v hc TM nl TM8 "This is » cooperative slate- do . (vn - issr tt^u^ri^vr s-r^ s brought about 15 new library buildings. 11 additions to existing libraries, ar.rl the cnn- version of six other-u.se buildings into county libraries. cognize that the church has distinctive role . . ." he says "There i" a need for fheologiz ing. for worship, and most of a] new l i b r a r y projects in t h e ! cities of Fayettevillc. Ox.ark, and De Queen. "In the Third district, more than 5750,0110 has gone into new construction or additions at Clarksville, D a n v i l l e . Dar- nVirielle. Greenwood. Harrison, Hope. Lincoln. Prairie Grove. Springdalc, and Ycllville. Kvory community v.'ith a project completed or pending can take pride in its effort: for no f u n d i n g i? nos-ible w i t h o u t the strongest local support anrl f i n a n c i a l backing. "I support to the fullest ex-tent the library assistance pro visions of federal law. I endorse the view that there is nn better wav to raise the educational and cultural level of region or slate t h a n through a strong, compre hrnsive public library pro gram " With the current overwhelm ing emphasis on social action he says he fears the church ma "he in the process of losing it! middle-class constituency . . They are generally fed up witl (he general disposition of th church I" scold them rathe than to minis.tcr to them." ·edical DETERGENTS AND CERMICIDAL ACTION O. 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