The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity

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The Phoenix Affirmations, named for the town in which the principles were created and the mythological bird adopted by ancient Christians as a symbol of resurrection, offers disillusioned and spiritually homeless Christians and others a sense of hope and a more tolerant, joyful, and compassionate message than those we often hear from the media and some Christian leaders. These twelve central affirmative principles of Christian faith are built on the three great loves that the Bible reveals: love of God, love of ...

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Overview

The Phoenix Affirmations, named for the town in which the principles were created and the mythological bird adopted by ancient Christians as a symbol of resurrection, offers disillusioned and spiritually homeless Christians and others a sense of hope and a more tolerant, joyful, and compassionate message than those we often hear from the media and some Christian leaders. These twelve central affirmative principles of Christian faith are built on the three great loves that the Bible reveals: love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self. They reflect commitments to environmental stewardship, social justice, and artistic expression as well as openness to other faiths. Transcending theological and culture wars, inclusive and generous in spirit and practice, these principles ask believers and seekers alike to affirm their Christian faith in a fresh way.

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Pastor Elnes (cofounder, CrossWalk America) has written this book in an effort to address what he calls "spiritual homelessness" among American Christians today. The titular affirmations were created by a group of clergy in the late 1990s, and Elnes's treatment of them is based on his own church's efforts to integrate them fully. Whether or not the Phoenix Affirmations will prove to have the historical importance that some have begun to claim for them, Elnes's work, which includes anecdotes and explications, is accessible and intelligent and should help many mainstream Christians reground themselves in the basics of their faith. For most collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787985783
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/14/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 371,678
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Elnes, Ph.D., is a pastor and the cofounder of CrossWalk America (www.CrossWalkAmerica.org), a nonprofit organization that is launching a coast-to-coast walk starting on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006, to unite progressive Christians nationwide, encourage meaningful discussion, and establish common ground for people of faith.

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Table of Contents

The Author.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Affirmation 1. Walking fully in the path of Jesus, withoutdenying the legitimacy of other paths God may provide humanity.

Affirmation 2. Listening for God’s Word, which comesthrough daily prayer and meditation, through studying the ancienttestimonies which we call Scripture, and through attending toGod’s present activity in the world.

Affirmation 3. Celebrating the God whose Spirit pervades andwhose glory is reflected in all of God’s Creation, includingthe earth and its ecosystems, the sacred and secular, the Christianand non-Christian, the human and non-human.

Affirmation 4. Expressing our love in worship that is assincere, vibrant, and artful as it is scriptural.

Affirmation 5. Engaging people authentically, as Jesus did,treating all as creations made in God’s very image,regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ormental ability, nationality, or economic class.

Affirmation 6. Standing, as Jesus does, with the outcast andoppressed, the denigrated and afflicted, seeking peace and justicewith or without the support of others.

Affirmation 7. Preserving religious freedom and theChurch’s ability to speak prophetically to government byresisting the commingling of Church and State.

Affirmation 8. Walking humbly with God, acknowledging our ownshortcomings while honestly seeking to understand and call forththe best in others, including those who consider us theirenemies.

Affirmation 9. Basing our lives on the faith that, in Christ,all things are made new, and that we, and all people, are lovedbeyond our wildest imagination – for eternity.

Affirmation 10. Claiming the sacredness of both our minds andour hearts, recognizing that faith and science, doubt and beliefserve the pursuit of truth.

Affirmation 11. Caring for our bodies, and insisting on takingtime to enjoy the benefits of prayer, reflection, worship andrecreation in addition to work.

Affirmation 12. Acting on the faith that we are born with ameaning and purpose; a vocation and ministry that serves tostrengthen and extend God’s realm of love.

Notes.

CrossWalk America.

The Phoenix Affirmations.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Recommend for study groups for the work of a pro-active progressive church.

    I Suggest the 12 Phoenix Affirmations book and google site for the summary to be used for Church and/or community study groups over a period of a few weeks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Excellent read!

    I have been waiting a couple of months for Dr. Elnes' book to be published, and was excited to find it at my local Barnes and Noble store before any of the other bookstores in my area had it. After finishing the book, I can say it was definitely worth the wait, and I look forward to reading more about the Phoenix Affirmations. Elnes' book was easy to understand, well researched, and insightfully written. And, while it provided an compelling argument for the progressive Christian perspective, I appreciated the fact that, unlike many other books of this type, it didn't try to pretend to provide an easier path...just one that was truer to Jesus' command to love God, one's neighbor, and oneself.

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