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

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

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

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

by Phyllis Tickle


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Whatever else one might say about Emergence Christianity, says Phyllis Tickle, one must agree it is shifting and re-configuring itself in such a prodigious way as to defy any final assessments or absolute pronouncements. Yet the insightful and well-read Tickle offers us a dispatch from the field to keep us informed of where Emergence Christianity now stands, where it may be going, and how it is aligning itself with other parts of God's church. Through her careful study and culture-watching, Tickle invites readers to join this investigation and conversation as open-minded explorers rather than fearful opponents.

As readers join Tickle down the winding stream of Emergence Christianity, they will discover fascinating insights into concerns, organizational patterns, theology, and most pressing questions. Anyone involved in an emergence church or a traditional one will find here a thorough and well-written account of where things are--and where they are going.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441239655
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 240
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Phyllis Tickle (1934-2015) was founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly. One of the most respected authorities and popular speakers on religion in America today, she was the author of more than two dozen books, including The Great Emergence and Emergence Christianity.

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

Emergence Christianity: The Photographic Report

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