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RELATED TITLES UNIQUE SELLING POINTS 978-0-85721-630-4 14.99 Paperback 5 x 7.75 192 pages Religion Politics State Monarch Books Rights NA October 27 2015 Its time to challenge the myth of a dying church There is a disconnect between the official accounts being peddled in political and media circles telling us that Christianity is on the decline in the West versus the reality of church growth on the ground. Why are such different pictures being painted Sean Oliver-Dee suggests that the disconnect is deliberate. While setting the record straight on church growth he exposes the social and political agenda that underpins the narrative of the death of faith. Author Oliver-Dee proposes that the growth of the church is not being acknowledged because it contradicts three myths that the new establishment wants to assert first the gradual death of religion is a good excuse to ignore the views of Christians on public matters second encouraging Christianity to die would benefit society because religion is perceived as a primary cause of world violence and third there is a trajectory of progress focused around scientific enlightenment which necessitates the death of faith. Gods Unwelcome Recovery reveals how the enduring nature and recent growth of the church runs contrary to all three assertions. Sean Oliver-Dee is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture Regents Park College University of Oxford and the interreligious advisor for the diocese of Peterborough. He is also associate researcher for the Anglican representative to the European Union. He is a regular consultant for government on identity issues and has written several papers for NGOs and think tanks. 19 CONTEMPOR ARY ISSUES ISBN 978-0-85721-630-4 9 7 8 0 8 5 7 2 1 6 3 0 4 Gods Unwelcome Recovery Why the New Establishment Wants to Proclaim the Death of Faith Sean Oliver-Dee We Dont Do God 978-0-85721-030-2 13.99 Against the Flow 978-0-85721-621-2 19.99 A myth-busting expos about the poor health of religion in Western societies Based on solid evidence of wide- spread church growth Challenges the assumption of an inexorable rise in secular humanism