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Emergent Manifesto of Hope, An (ēmersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith) Hardcover – April 1, 2007
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- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 080106807X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801068072
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Baker Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,397,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a lot to digest here, especially if with contributor Barry Taylor, you are worried that we are living in an age of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "religionless Christianity." Tim Conder calls for Protestants to embrace the spiritual wisdom of the entire sweep of the Christian tradition, not just the early church and the Reformation. But Mark Scandrette shows that the Emergent Church is doing just that, as he catalogs characteristics of this movement: emphasis on community and communalism, even a new monasticism; flatter institutional structures and collaborative processes; advocacy and activism based on the social dimensions of the gospel; renewed interest in the traditional spiritual disciplines; new appreciation of the arts and creativity in church and living; openness to creation theology and sustainable living, among others. I love the question posed by Nanette Sawyer in her essay: "What Would Huckleberry [Finn] Do?" And if you're into that sort of thing, you can read Brian McLaren discuss postmodernism, which I did find interesting and helpful.
There's a lot more here, with contributions that focus on sexuality, race, living in real communities, orthodoxy and orthopraxy, social justice, working with offenders in the criminal justice system, and much more.
Tony Jones describes the Emergent Village--a particular organization and a stand-in for a larger community of faith--but also this book as a choir without a director, as a beautiful, good mess. This book is a good introduction to the good, the beautiful, and yes the messiness of the Emergent Church. But hey, that's pilgrimage for you.