- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (May 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310259479
- ISBN-13: 978-0310259473
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications Paperback – May 5, 2005
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A careful and informed assessment of the 'emerging church' by a respected author and scholar The 'emerging church' movement has generated a lot of excitement and exerts an astonishingly broad influence. Is it the wave of the future or a passing fancy? Who are the leaders and what are they saying? The time has come for a mature assessment. D. A. Carson not only gives those who may be unfamiliar with it a perceptive introduction to the emerging church movement, but also includes a skillful assessment of its theological views. Carson addresses some troubling weaknesses of the movement frankly and thoughtfully, while at the same time recognizing that it has important things to say to the rest of Christianity. The author strives to provide a perspective that is both honest and fair. Anyone interested in the future of the church in a rapidly changing world will find this an informative and stimulating read. D. A. Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of over 45 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God, and is general editor of Telling the Truth and Worship by the Book. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.
About the Author
D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught since 1978. He is co-founder (with Tim Keller) of the Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly 60 books. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.
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Top Customer Reviews
As far as usefulness, I think this particular text is a bit dated. It talks about the "emerging" church without differentiating the "emergent" stream, which may not have been as necessary in 2005 as I believe it is today. Also, the book focuses on Brian McLaren and Steve Chalke, with attention also to Dan Kimball and a number of figures I didn't recognize. While these figures are still certainly leaders in the emergent conversation, an analysis that includes no reference to Rob Bell is undeniably incomplete. Overall, Carson cleverly deals with a variety of claims made in the emergent conversation, and he is careful to point out its strengths before detailing his concerns. When he is clearly angry, as in his detailed review of A Generous Orthodoxy (around p. 175), Carson still projects his anger in a refined and mannerly way, and no one can reasonably accuse him of being mean in his disagreements.
Clearly, Carson does not agree with much of the emergent conversation, and I heartily recommend this book to anyone looking to devote a good deal of intellectual energy to examining the conversation for him/herself.
Another good source, written from a similar perspective is:
DeYoung, Kevin and Ted Kluck. Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be. Moody Publishers, 2008.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is an honest critique. Nothing more, nothing less. Carson begins gently and then pulls no punches.Read more