Explore the philosophical and theological underpinnings of the Emerging church movement
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThis short, eight-chapter novel has a zany premise loaded with reader appeal but, disappointingly, never takes off. Richard sits down to breakfast one morning and discovers that his bowlful of Alien Crisp cereal is home to the real thinga tiny, talkative alien named Aric, who explains that he has come to save Earth from the evil Dranes, a rival alien race. One of them has already taken up residence; it is, in fact, Dorf, the eerily cool, instantly popular new boy in Richard's class. Richard must destroy Dorf before it is too late, but Aric has forgotten the correct method for doing that. Richard and Aric's efforts are tame and uninspired, the turns of plot seem random rather than carefully thought out, and the eventual solution (feeding Dorf large quantities of red pepper, which causes him to explode) requires little ingenuity or initiative on Richard's part. Loose, rather quirky pen-and-ink illustrations are a dashing addition to what is otherwise easily forgotten fare. Ages 7-9. (Nov.)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalRollins, founder of Ikon, a religious community in Belfast, Ireland, has written a theological book that attempts to outline a religious program for the New Age religious phenomenon known as the emerging church movement. His writing, like the book's title, is in the form of a series of opposites-e.g., one cannot speak of God, yet one must speak of God. Consequently, the text smacks of neo-mysticism, a postmodern theology that encourages New Age liturgical experimentation. The book ends with ten very casually organized Ikon religious services whose titles range from "Judas" to "Queer." Only those readers open to New Age theological experimentation will be interested in this book. The religious community of Ikon, as weird and wondrous as it thinks it is, hopes to revitalize contemporary Christianity. But it is unclear whether it will simply fall back into neo-evangelicalism or just be ignored while the practice of religion continues to decline or is marginalized in the complexity of contemporary society. With a foreword by Brian McLaren (A Generous Orthodoxy). Only for those libraries with large New Age collections.-James A. Overbeck, Atlanta-Fulton P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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