Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why

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From the church's birth to the reign of St. Gregory the great, to the Great Schism and through the Reformation, Phyllis Tickle notes that every 500 years the church has been rocked by massive transitions. Remarkably enough, Tickle suggests to us that we live in such a time right now. The Great Emergence Examines history, social upheaval, and current events, showing how a new form of Christianity is rising within postmodern culture. Anyone interested in the future of the church in America, no matter what their ...

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Overview

From the church's birth to the reign of St. Gregory the great, to the Great Schism and through the Reformation, Phyllis Tickle notes that every 500 years the church has been rocked by massive transitions. Remarkably enough, Tickle suggests to us that we live in such a time right now. The Great Emergence Examines history, social upheaval, and current events, showing how a new form of Christianity is rising within postmodern culture. Anyone interested in the future of the church in America, no matter what their personal affiliation, will find this book a fascinating exploration.

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Publishers Weekly

North American Christianity is presently undergoing a change every bit as radical as the Protestant Reformation, possibly even as monumental as its natal break with Judaism. And it's right on schedule. Tickle, author of God-Talk in America and PW's founding religion editor, observes that Christianity is holding its semimillennial rummage sale of ideas. With an elegance of argument and economy of description, Tickle escorts readers through the centuries of church history leading to this moment and persuasively charts the character of and possibilities for the emerging church. Don't let this book's brevity fool you. It is packed with keen insights about what this "great emergence" is, how it came to be and where it may be headed. Tickle issues a clear call to acknowledge the inevitability of change, discern the church's new shape and participate responsibly in the transformation. Although Tickle's particular focus excludes the dynamic forces of Asian, African and Central/South American Christianity, this is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the face and future of Christianity. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596445758
  • Publisher: Hovel Audio, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 4
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, is one of the most highly respected authorities and popular speakers on religion in America today. She is the author of more than two dozen books on the subject, including the recently published The Words of Jesus: A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord and The Divine Hours, a series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer. 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, Tickle is a senior fellow of the Cathedral College of Washington National Cathedral. She makes her home on a small farm in Lucy, Tennessee. For more in formation, go to www.phyllistickle.com or www.thegreatemergence.com.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 6

Pt. 1 The Great Emergence: What Is It? 13

1 Rummage Sales: When the Church Cleans Out Its Attic 19

2 Cable of Meaning: The Loss and Discovery of a Common Story 33

Pt. 2 The Great Emergence: How Did It Come to Be? 41

3 The Great Reformation: A Prequel to Emergence 43

4 Questions of Re-formation: Darwin, Freud, and the Power of Myth 63

5 The Century of Emergence: Einstein, the Automobile, and the Marginalization of Grandma 77

Pt. 3 The Great Emergence: Where Is It Going? 119

6 The Gathering Center: And the Many Faces of a Church Emerging 123

7 The Way Ahead: Mapping Fault Lines and Fusions 145

Index 167

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