Seeking a City with Foundations

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For the first time in human history, the majority of people around the world now live in cities - and urban culture and values, communicated by electronic means, profoundly influence the lives of everyone on earth.

In this stimulating and challenging volume, David Smith explores the history and nature of this development, identifying both its potential for good and the possibility that it might result in catastrophe. Drawing on a range of academic disciplines, he describes today's urban world, before offering an extended study of the theme of the city in the Bible, relating this to the challenges confronting cities in the twenty-first century.

Smith outlines key theological themes and enables Christians to understand the globalized, urban world within which their faith must be confessed. He argues that this context presents world Christianity with a unique opportunity to share its vision of an alternative human community. He appreciates the insights of urban specialists, who are invited into a conversation concerning the biblical, God-centred vision of the city - a vision which can provide fresh imagination and hope for the century that lies ahead.

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Drawing on a remarkable range of sources, from poetry to architecture, art to history, David Smith grapples with the nature, meaning and trajectories of urban life which he combines with a profound depth of theological reflection, rooted in Christian hope. From an author with a passionate commitment to the mission of the church in the global context, this is a book that never fails to challenge. Whether in the rapidly emerging cities of the global South or in the towns and cities of the Western world, this book will prove to be an excellent guide for students and practitioners alike who seek a deeper understanding of how the texts of the Bible can powerfully and prophetically speak afresh into our contemporary urban world. --Colin Smith, Urban Mission Training Centre, Kibera, Nairobi

'Seeking a City with Foundations' lays a foundation that all future urban theological works must reckon with if they are to be faithful to their task ... Smith both instructs and inspires in this very important book. --Eldin Villafane, Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston, USA

About the Author:

David W. Smith is Senior Research Fellow at the International Christian College in Glasgow. He began his ministry as Pastor of Eden Chapel in Cambridge, before moving to Nigeria to serve in mission with the Qua Iboe Church. On return to the UK, he completed a PhD (Aberdeen) on the growth of secularization in Britain. He served as Principal of Northumbria Bible College, then as Co-Director of the Whitefield Institute in Oxford, before settling in Scotland to focus on research and teaching related to urban mission and theology. His publications include 'Mission After Christendom', 'Moving Towards Emmaus: Hope in a Time of Uncertainty' and 'Against the Stream'. He was Series Editor for the Global Christian Library (IVP).

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