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The Post Evangelical Paperback – September, 2000
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'A thought-provoking glimpse into contemporary evangelical Christianity in an increasingly postmodern culture....[It] will challenge assumptions you may have that you were previously unaware of....A worthwhile stimulus for the starting place -- asking important questions.' -- Enrichment journal <br><br> (Enrichment journal ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
You believe in the God of the Biblebut you cringe when church leaders oversimplify, trivialize, and absolutize the faith.
Youre not alone. Youre likely among an increasing number of post-evangelicals: Christians growing restless within the bounds of the evangelical orthodoxy they were raised in or trained inespecially its culturally-influenced precepts and moresand thirsting for something deeper. Something that makes sense.
Author Dave Tomlinson encountered these same issues in Great Britain as he approached the writing of The Post-Evangelical. He quickly discovered that many in the church are hungering for a safe place to express their questions, doubts, and insights without being branded "liberals" orworse yet"heretics."
Far from skewering its subject, The Post-Evangelical actually endorses steps toward rather that away from the roots of evangelicalismwhile stridently challenging its man-made rules and regulations that have, for all intents and purposes, become "gospel."
A best-seller and paradigm-buster in the U.K. for several years, we now present the expanded and updated North American edition of The Post-Evangelical. It includes:
A forward by Dallas Willard and an updated introduction.
Sidebar commentary from Mark Galli, Timothy Keel, Doug Pagitt, Mike Yaconelli, and Holly Rankin Zaher.
A completely new chapter on the history of evangelicalism in the U.S.
If youve wandered from the evangelical foldpublicly or privatelyyoure not necessarily a backslider. Spend some time with The Post-Evangelical and be encouraged. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The Post-Evangelical has helped me put my experience in context, looking at the history of the church, the rise of the evangelical movement, and the subsequent disillusion with this movement as we move from the "modern" to the "postmodern". Granted, these are amibiguous terms that tend to be overused and underexplained, but I believe Dave Tomlinson does as good a job as anyone at defining them. In the same way that postmodern is not a rejection but a continuation of the modern, post-evangelicalism is an attempt at rethinking and questioning evangelicalism without callously throwing it aside.
This book has been of invaluable help to me in understanding where I have come from and why I am finding it problematic.Read more ›
The American edition, however, has been published by Zondervan, a very conservative, borderline fundamentalist publisher. While Zondervan can be congratulated for having the nerve to publish the book at all, they end up handicapping Tomlinson's arguments by adding a running commentary in the margins from several figures in the American emergent church movement. Some of these commentators, like Timothy Keel and Doug Pagitt, have some interesting things to say about how the British Post-Evangelical movement relates to the US Emergent movement. Others are less helpful. Mark Galli, an editor for Christianity Today and Leadership, gives stock 'Christianity Inc' answers for many of Tomlinson's observations. Galli is often offensive in his attitude toward those of us fed up with the easy answers and cosy compromises of his brand of faith: at one point he argues that people leave conservative evangelical churches not because of the rampant anti-intellectualism or the cultural irrelevance, but rather because they want to avoid discipline and tithing.Read more ›
My own alienation with certain aspects of contemporary evangelical culture as well as Dallas Willard's forward to this book is why I read it. And although some reviewers disliked the supplemental comments by the book's contributors, I felt that several of them provided good clarifications and critiques whereas others were off the mark. Also, some readers would not consider Tomlinson as the principle representative for their brand of "post-evangelicalism" which is general and vague enough to allow for different brands among those who identify with it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read two books by Brian McLaren and number of others by authors associated with the Emergent movement. For a time I was regularly reading a few Emergent blogs. Read morePublished on February 14, 2009 by Stango Tigerfists
A note to American readers, this is a review of the British edition of the book (without the sidebar commentary etc) and it's of the original printing in 1995. Read morePublished on March 12, 2007 by Helen Hancox
Tomlinson is a very engaging speaker, and after hearing him I was eager to pick up his book. Here's what I found... Read morePublished on September 17, 2004 by Bob Hyatt
Dave Tomlinson is a gentle, charitable and thoughtful person. I hear that his next book will emanate more directly from his graduate studies in Biblical Interpretation, and am... Read morePublished on July 7, 2004 by Ken Archer
A book of some vintage, yet we are hearing more of the same from a number of quarters now! As a church planter and pastor the subject area is of vital interest. Read morePublished on May 28, 2003 by Hypertrinitarian
The first 5 or 6 chapters of Tomlinson's book provide a thoughtful, informed description both of the evangelical church and those who have have left it behind. Read morePublished on July 9, 2001 by Todd C. Truffin
I became aware of this book, although it plays no part in any kind of discussion in Germany, because of its ear-ringing title. Read morePublished on June 27, 2001 by Marcus Tesch
Every so often, a book is published that acts as a milestone on the rocky road of the Christian journey. I believe this to be such a book. Read morePublished on October 16, 1997