Kevin Ward (PhD) is Senior Lecturer at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His research interests are in the church and religion in contemporary Western societies and he has written extensively in this area.
In Losing Our Religion, Kevin Ward has raised critical questions
for institutional Christianity in the West. . . . This book goes
far beyond most popular attempts to tweak the practices of the
institutional church with the hope of stemming the tide of decline.
It asks the church to situate itself honestly within the context of
the postmodern worldview, and to respond by thinking outside the
box about what it means to be church.
--Lydia Johnson, author of Drinking from the Same Well The church is frequently swept along by the strong currents of contemporary culture. So more than ever, we need scholars and church leaders who won't merely ride the waves, but will rather be deeper readers of the tides. Kevin Ward is one of those all-too-rare readers of the currents that shape Christianity today. The very contours of believing and belonging, and his astute work, will repay careful reading and stimulate reflection, leading to deeper discipleship.
--Martyn Percy, Principal, Ripon College, Oxford This is a compelling read, engagingly written, with brief and crisp chapters exploring many aspects. This book is not slow to advance its thesis, that religion remains strong despite the waning of religious institutions. It is replete with lively argument, skilful use of statistics, and theory explored with a light touch. I am delighted to commend it.
--Peter Lineham, Professor of History, Massey University, New Zealand