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4) the way we engage with the culture outside of Christainity: We're really tired of trying to use the political system to tell people outside of the church how they should live their lives. Instead of that we should take care that we're living right ourselves. The Religious Right was a movement based on fear - they feared that they were losing control of the culture. They decided to get politically involved to try to make the outside look nice. It was worse than a failure. Whenever you try to marry church and state the church loses something very important. It loses it's true identity. See Constantine. We're hoping that we're done with that.
5. A return to an emphasis on social justice instead of just on personal piety. Yeah, this could really conflict with #4 if we politicize it - it would lead to the Religious Left. Much care must be taken here as the pendulum swings. But the idea is that Christ cared for the poor and downtrodden. We as Christians should also be very concerned about those who are on the margins.
Much of what's going on is an exampination of how Modernity influenced the Church and there's a huge interest in looking at the prectices and theology of the Pre-modern Church (even the ancient Church and the Jewish influences on Christianity that existed then)
That's just a quick summary from where I sit. Others will have different perspectives on what's changing. Christianity is not nearly as monolithic as you seem to paint it.
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