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Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters Hardcover – September 1, 2012
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Whatever else one might say about Emergence Christianity, one must agree it is shifting and reconfiguring itself in such a prodigious way as to defy any final assessments or absolute pronouncements. Yet in Emergence Christianity, Phyllis Tickle gathers the tangled threads of history and weaves the story of this fascinating movement into a beautiful and understandable whole.
Through her careful study and culture-watching, Tickle invites you to join this investigation and conversation as an open-minded explorer. You will discover fascinating insights into the concerns, organizational patterns, theology, and most pressing questions facing the church today. And you'll get a tantalizing glimpse of the future.|Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, is the author of more than two dozen books. She is frequently quoted and interviewed in such media outlets as the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CNN, C-SPAN, and PBS. A lector and lay eucharistic minister in the Episcopal Church, she holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from both Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University and North Park University. She makes her home on a small farm in Tennessee. For more information, visit www.phyllistickle.com.
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"You will find many wonderful things between the covers of this book: provocative questions and astute observations about sacred space, hierarchy, authority. Tickle's insights will help the church reflect on a larger question: How can we best serve the kingdom of God right now?"-- Lauren F. Winner, author of Mudhouse Sabbath and Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis
"Phyllis Tickle is in a unique position by reason of experience, education, and personal courage to say things that many cannot say--or cannot see. Here she does it very well--once again. Christianity is emerging with or without Phyllis Tickle, but she is sure helping the rest of us to emerge along with it!"--Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
"Finally someone has put the emergence conversation in the wider historical context it deserves--showing how what is now emerging owes so much to contributors over the last century. Phyllis Tickle gets it right and conveys it beautifully, so more and more readers can be a part of it . . . with a clearer understanding of what 'it' is!"--Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/networker
"What a fascinating read! A page turner! I read through each story with anticipation as I eagerly awaited the next set of connections Phyllis Tickle would make between seemingly unrelated people, movements, faith, and culture. Never in one volume have I seen such a diverse set of Christian movements not only listed but analyzed for their meaning as it related to the bigger picture. As we have come to expect, Tickle has done her homework, and the result is a unique contribution to the conversation about what Christianity has and will become in the twenty-first century."--Ryan Bolger, associate professor, Church in Contemporary Culture,
Fuller Theological Seminary
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"Emergence Christianity" is not about the emerging church. It is about an emerging mindset. The author uses three questions to frame her book.
1) What is Emergence Christianity?
2) Where It is Going?
3) Why It Matters?
Tickle makes it clear that "Emergence Christianity" is not a new kind of church, but a movement mentality (North American context) that can shrink or grow, begin or end, far reaching and also potentially impactful. The basic assumption of church is one of people rather than institutional places. It is organized by consensus. It is "open source" that requires appropriate discernment and guidance of ordained clergy. Emergence Christianity is one that is inclusive and diverse in worship. Informal and social, it places a heavy emphasis on community life.Read more ›
Answer: Emergence. This seems to be one of the labels that nobody understands; perhaps not even its practitioners. Emergence Christianity is a relatively new worldwide movement in the Christian world, and it's still evolving. It generally transcends such labels as "liberal" or "conservative," stepping sideways to address, instead, issues like social activism. It usually emphasizes the "here and now" over eternal salvation, but beyond that, its decentralized structure can make it very hard to tie the movement down in terms of doctrine. Tickle likes to think of Emergence Christianity as "spiritual Christ-knowing," not as religion. Compared to their secular neighbors, however, Tickle says Emergence Christians are both spiritual and religious.
Maybe it's best to explain by example. Readers of my reviews may recognize radical Christian leader Shane Claiborne and mega-church pastor Rob Bell, who share the face of Emergence Christianity. However, while the increase in mega-churches probably is a result of the same cultural pressures that evoked the Great Emergence, it would be wrong to put Emergence Christianity entirely in the mega-church corner. Most Emergence Christians may still prefer house churches, and an unwritten doctrine seems to be that the "church is a people to be, not a place to go." Says Tickle, "Emergence Christians think of themselves as communal and relational more than sacred or holy."
Still confused? Consider the title of Brian D.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Phyllis Tickle is a master at putting the present moment and its challenges in the context of Western history and its rhythms. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Franke Hill
The most authoritative description to date of the post-modern explosion of Emergence Christianity worldwide.Published 16 months ago by Lawrence R Thompson
Good reading to help in understanding what is motivating young people in Christian churches, especially in the more conservative ones.Published 18 months ago by Lawlor
The strength of this primer is the answers to the "what" questions. Whether one has embraced or intrigued with all things emergence you will benefit from having this volume at the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
IMO Tickle misses the point. The Emerging Church she describes is a massaged version of the existing church only with layers of dogma and doctrine overlay that perpetuate the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul E. Mullins
Great insights and prophetic understanding of what is going on in the churchPublished 21 months ago by Rev. Doanld Marxhausen
Phyllis Tickle is such an interesting writer and historian. I particularly liked her annotated bibliography at the end of the volume. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sam F. Hochstatter
Having read many books on the topic of emergence and postmodern as it affects the church, I found that the book was interesting, but covered much of what I'd read in other sources. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Sandra S. Mull