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The Age of the Spirit: How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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"Reading this pair of veteran authors is like being invited as a freshman into the office of an admired professor and then being brought up to speed like a colleague."--Publishers Weekly
A thousand years ago, Christianity experienced a time of tremendous upheaval called the Great Schism. One faith became two churches, East and West, and the course of world history was forever changed. It all swirled around one Latin word in the Nicene Creed, filioque, that indicated the Holy Spirit proceeded both from God the Father "and from the Son." From the time that phrase was officially instituted in the West, the Holy Spirit's place in the Trinity and role in the lives of believers would be fiercely debated, with ramifications being felt through the centuries to this very day.
In this book you will encounter not just the fascinating historical realities that have shaped our faith today but also the present resurgence of interest in the Holy Spirit seen in many churches across the theological spectrum. Tickle and Sweeney are apt and engaging teachers, making accessible and relevant the forces behind the current upheaval in the church, then leading you confidently into the Age of the Spirit.|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.
Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and the author of twenty books, including the remarkably timely The Pope Who Quit. He is known for his ability to take complicated religious history and make it accessible and fascinating to non-specialists. He is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Paraclete Press and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his family.
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"Like most Christians, I live in a state of denial about the Trinity. Since I cannot explain it, I do not think about it very much. After reading this book, I cannot stop thinking about it. If you want to know more about what is happening to Christian faith and why--and if you are also willing to discover what it means to love God with your whole mind--this is the book for you."--Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Learning to Walk in the Dark
"If we were all students, and Phyllis Tickle and Jon Sweeney were our history teachers, we'd all be passionate about understanding our past. If they were our theology teachers, we'd all be fascinated to more deeply contemplate the Trinity in the present. And if they were our spiritual directors, we'd be turning our hearts, day by day, to being more guided and empowered by the Spirit to move joyfully into the future. Here is a book that instructs and delights, so this bright possibility can become a reality."--Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist (brianmclaren.net)
"Attentiveness to the Holy Spirit, which this book has in spades, will surely be a hallmark of the next epoch of Christianity. Herein, the ancient and the postmodern walk down the aisle, wedded once and for all."--Tony Jones, theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch and editor of Phyllis Tickle: Evangelist of the Future (tonyj.net)
"Take and read. You will understand why God the Spirit is again brooding over the face of the muddy waters of a church that has forgotten where it came from, where it is going, and to Whom it belongs."--Rev. Dr. Robin R. Meyers, Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at Oklahoma City University; author of The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus
"This book is simultaneously rich in scholarship and personally accessible as it explores the nature of spirit with an eye to the enormous challenges of our time. I found it both thought-provoking and moving."--T. M. Luhrmann, author of When God Talks Back
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The author sees much of what is happening today as grounded in necessary changes that would be founded in the Holy Spirit. Not merely as sustaining and encouraging individual believers but also motivating institutions to move toward greater openness, greater sustainability and internal change.
It is a change, that I believe, is necessary as well as a healthy change for the churches as well as other institutions should and must embrace. Else they run the risk of being here today and gone tomorrow.
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For example, Tickle claims Constantine was able to foist theological unity on the bishops at Nicea.