Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters

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"You will find many wonderful things between the covers of this book: provocative questions and astute observations about sacred space, hierarchy, authority. Tickle's insights will help the church reflect on a larger question: How can we best serve the kingdom of God right now?"-- Lauren F. Winner, author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Still: Notes...
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Praise for Emergence Christianity

"You will find many wonderful things between the covers of this book: provocative questions and astute observations about sacred space, hierarchy, authority. Tickle's insights will help the church reflect on a larger question: How can we best serve the kingdom of God right now?"-- Lauren F. Winner, author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis

"Phyllis Tickle is in a unique position by reason of experience, education, and personal courage to say things that many cannot say--or cannot see. Here she does it very well--once again. Christianity is emerging with or without Phyllis Tickle, but she is sure helping the rest of us to emerge along with it!"--Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Finally someone has put the emergence conversation in the wider historical context it deserves--showing how what is now emerging owes so much to contributors over the last century. Phyllis Tickle gets it right and conveys it beautifully, so more and more readers can be a part of it . . . with a clearer understanding of what 'it' is!"--Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/networker

"What a fascinating read! A page turner! I read through each story with anticipation as I eagerly awaited the next set of connections Phyllis Tickle would make between seemingly unrelated people, movements, faith, and culture. Never in one volume have I seen such a diverse set of Christian movements not only listed but analyzed for their meaning as it related to the bigger picture. As we have come to expect, Tickle has done her homework, and the result is a unique contribution to the conversation about what Christianity has and will become in the twenty-first century."--Ryan Bolger, associate professor, Church in Contemporary Culture,
Fuller Theological Seminary

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Tickle (The Great Emergence) has submitted yet another report on the condition of Christianity in America. The Emergent Church—a still-controversial and hard-to-define phenomenon—is, to Tickle and others, a crossdenominational, postpolitical vision of Christian fellowship and sincerity. All times are times of stress and change, and it is hard not to believe, for each of us, that we are in the midst of a revolution—Tickle certainly makes a convincing case for her conviction that this is a "great" moment in Christian history. VERDICT If you believe that Christianity is undergoing a great transformation, this is a crucial book; many Christians, liberal and conservative, should be intrigued.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801013553
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 198,789
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, is the author of more than two dozen books on the subject. She is frequently quoted and interviewed in such media outlets as the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CNN, C-SPAN, and PBS. A lector and lay eucharistic minister in the Episcopal Church, she holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from both Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University and from North Park University. She makes her home on a small farm in Tennessee. For more information, go to www.phyllistickle.com or www.thegreatemergence.com.
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Table of Contents

Preface 11

Part 1 An Interim Report: Telling the Story So Far

1 Back to Now: How Semi-Millennial Tsunamis of Change Shape Religion and Culture 17

2 Calling It What It Is: The Difficulty of Naming 23

3 Defining Emergence: Simplifying the Complexity 31

4 Turns of the Century: What Formed the Great Emergence? 35

Part 2 A Long Time Coming: How Did We Get Here?

5 House Churches: Communities of Change 47

6 Scattered Communities: Spreading the Word by Spreading Out 53

7 Taking the Church Out of the Church: Rethinking Sacred Space 59

8 Pentecostal Power: The Holy Spirit in a Dangerous Decade 67

9 Spiritual but Not Religious: Belonging, Behaving, and Believing in a New Kind of Community 77

10 What the Hyphen Means: Claiming the New While Honoring the Old 85

11 Innocence Lost: A Movement Untethered 89

12 Religion Rebounds: Gathering Steam and Getting a Name 97

Part 3 Pulling Together: Defining What It Is and What It Is Not

13 Reporting on the Action: Documenting the Changes as They Happened 105

14 It Takes a Village… 111

15 Distinguishing This from That: What Organizational Patterns Can Tell Us 115

16 Post, Quasi, Whatever: Getting beyond the Vague 129

17 The Whole and Its Parts: Bringing It All Together 139

18 Finding the Big Story: The Role of Philosophy and Meta-Narrative 159

19 The Head and the Heart: Worshiping with Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength 167

Part 4 And Now What? Thoughts on the Decisions arid Dilemmas to Come

20 Reconfigure, Adapt, Realign: How Do the New and Old Fit Together? 181

21 Where Now Is Our Authority? Questioning and Establishing a Credible Voice 191

22 Future Pressure: What Potential Struggles Await? 201

Afterword 207

Annotated Bibliography 211

Index 231

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