Fundamorphosis is the story of how Robb Ryerse went from being a fundamentalist pastor to an emergent church planter. When the answers he'd always been taught stopped resonating with him, Robb couldn't in good conscience go on perpetuating the traditions and beliefs of his church.
Fundamorphosis details the struggle of saying goodbye to the church he had always known. But more than just deconstructing fundamentalism, Fundamorphosis provides a constructive look at the shape Robb's beliefs now take: authentic, gracious, optimistic, and unfinished.
Fundamorphosis is a story in which many will be able to find themselves. It's a thought-provoking roadmap for those who are in the midst of their own fundamorphosis.
Robb's story will introduce you to a growing trend that may indeed become a movement in the years to come. - Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/networker (brianmclaren.net)
Robb Ryerse's Fundamorphosis gently addresses the psychological pain and nagging intellectual questions of so many who have been shaped by fundamentalist Christianity. - Mark Scandrette, author of Soul Graffiti and Practicing the Way of Jesus
This is a compelling story of personal and theological change, told with wisdom and insight. - John R. Franke, General Coordinator, The Gospel and Our Culture Network
How refreshing to read Robb Ryerse's Fundamorphosis, an account of leaving fundamentalism while retaining faith. - Drew Dyck, managing editor of Leadership Journal, author of Generation Ex-Christian
So many struggle with keeping their faith when confronted with those who preach an unjust, proud, and merciless gospel. It's encouraging to read the story a Christian who has at long last met Christ.
- Darrell Dow, stufffundieslike.com
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This book defines fundamentalism as a cultural movement rather than a theology. Mr. Ryerse is not responding to the five fundamentals of the 1920's, or rehashing the inerrancy debate of the 1970s. He is responding rather to the practical problems he faced growing up in churches that subscribed to those theologies. Some of these problems included coping in a sheltered, protective environment much like the village in the M. Night Shyamalan movie, useless debates over church music styles, and a rigid adherence to cultural norms of the 1950s which hindered the spread of the gospel. While the book is an interesting memoir of life in a conservative Baptist subculture, it also serves as a postmodern "Mere Christianity" for Christians emerging from similar backgrounds. What are the core essentials of the Christian faith? How do we determine what doctrines are essential to the faith, or essential to fellowship? What is the best way of viewing Scripture? Mr. Ryerse's answer to this one is a favorite of mine: "...think of the Bible as a family scrapbook. It contains the portraits of everyone from our cherished matriarchs to our crazy uncles. It preserves and retells our history for new generations. Most importantly, it memorializes our collective experiences with God, who is sometimes close and tender and sometimes distant and difficult. With some, God feels angry and vindictive, and with others, God is gracious and lavish. All of these pictures of our God, true to our experiences as human beings, are contained in the family scrapbook." (p.102) This is very worthwhile reading, whether you are an emerging church leader, involved in more traditional Christian movements, or a new Christian universalist like myself (indeed Mr. Ryerse expresses his openness to the doctrine of apokatastasis on page 59). I pray that God would use this book to help Christians maintain the balance that is so desperately needed in our rapidly changing religious landscape.