Millions are getting lost in the evangelical maze: inerrancy, indifference to the environment, deterministic Calvinism, purity culture, racism, LGBTQ discrimination, male dominance, and Christian nationalism. As one of America’s leading academics speaking to the issues of religion today, David Gushee’s After Evangelicalism offers a clear assessment and a new way forward for disillusioned post-evangelicals.
The After Evangelicalism Study Guide encourages people to read and reflect together on After Evangelicalism, so it can help people and communities keep moving forward in our faith.
This fully-developed study guide can be used by individuals or groups to accompany the reading of the book. The guide is structured in five sections, which deal with two of the book’s chapters each. Each week of the guide offers three sections.
- Getting Ready – This section provides a summary of the big ideas from the book as well as questions for personal reflection.
- Group Discussion – This section provides five or six discussion questions. Each starts with a quotation and short summary of part of the book, to help people remember what they read or assist people in participation if they didn’t have a chance to read all the material in advance.
- Paths Forward – This section provides supplementary material for going further or deeper. There are one or two spiritual practices people can try, as well as an optional simple Bible study.
Steve Watson is the senior pastor of Reservoir Church, a post-evangelical church in Cambridge, MA. Steve’s life and career have been teaching, coaching and mentoring, organizational and community development, and public healing and justice. Steve has a B.A. in music from Brandeis University, a Masters in Education from UMASS-Boston, and is enrolled in Doctorate in Theology and Ministry program at the Center for Open and Relational Theology with Northwind Seminary.