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Emergence Christianity : what it is, where it is going, and why it matters /
Phyllis Tickle.
Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, c2012.
237 p. : col. ill.
9780801013553 (cloth)
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Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, c2012.
9780801013553 (cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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
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Welcome to the story that's still being written . . . 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.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-02-01:
Tickle (The Great Emergence) has submitted yet another report on the condition of Christianity in America. The Emergent Church-a still-controversial and hard-to-define phenomenon-is, to Tickle and others, a crossdenominational, postpolitical vision of Christian fellowship and sincerity. All times are times of stress and change, and it is hard not to believe, for each of us, that we are in the midst of a revolution-Tickle certainly makes a convincing case for her conviction that this is a "great" moment in Christian history. VERDICT If you believe that Christianity is undergoing a great transformation, this is a crucial book; many Christians, liberal and conservative, should be intrigued. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2012-08-13:
As Western culture and Christianity go through a period of upheaval, what historical forces and participants are shaping the birth of "emergence Christianity?" Building upon the foundation she created in her previous volume The Great Emergence, longtime religion observer and scholar Tickle, founding religion editor at PW, argues that the current semimillennial cultural and religious transformation (the last one being the Protestant Reformation) "is an across-the-board and still-accelerating shift in every single part and parcel of our lives as members in good standing of twenty-first-century Western or westernized civilization." Tickle draws together strands as different as the Azusa Street revival, the Greenbelt music festival, the growth of house churches, and the birth of the Emergent Village Web site/community to chart the phenomena that have made the unseating of the old guard possible. In this complex and changeable context she includes groups like the "Hyphenateds" (those still affiliated with traditional Christian denominations), Emerging and Emergent communities, Neo-Monastics, and others. Not until near the book's end does the reader realize how breathtakingly ambitious is Tickle's attempt to describe the beliefs, disciplines, theology, and ecclesiology of this still-evolving movement. Readers who accept her thesis will appreciate and enjoy the book immensely. Even those who may not agree with her sweeping argument may find themselves fascinated by its audacity. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Praise for Emergence Christianity "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
Long Description
Whatever else one might say about Emergence Christianity, says Phyllis Tickle, one must agree it is shifting and re-configuring itself in such a prodigious way as to defy any final assessments or absolute pronouncements. Yet the insightful and well-read Tickle offers us a dispatch from the field to keep us informed of where Emergence Christianity now stands, where it may be going, and how it is aligning itself with other parts of God's church. Through her careful study and culture-watching, Tickle invites readers to join this investigation and conversation as open-minded explorers rather than fearful opponents. As readers join Tickle down the winding stream of Emergence Christianity, they will discover fascinating insights into concerns, organizational patterns, theology, and most pressing questions. Anyone involved in an emergence church or a traditional one will find here a thorough and well-written account of where things are--and where they are going.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 11
An Interim Report: Telling the Story So Far
Back to Now: How Semi-Millennial Tsunamis of Change Shape Religion and Culturep. 17
Calling It What It Is: The Difficulty of Namingp. 23
Defining Emergence: Simplifying the Complexityp. 31
Turns of the Century: What Formed the Great Emergence?p. 35
A Long Time Coming: How Did We Get Here?
House Churches: Communities of Changep. 47
Scattered Communities: Spreading the Word by Spreading Outp. 53
Taking the Church Out of the Church: Rethinking Sacred Spacep. 59
Pentecostal Power: The Holy Spirit in a Dangerous Decadep. 67
Spiritual but Not Religious: Belonging, Behaving, and Believing in a New Kind of Communityp. 77
What the Hyphen Means: Claiming the New While Honoring the Oldp. 85
Innocence Lost: A Movement Untetheredp. 89
Religion Rebounds: Gathering Steam and Getting a Namep. 97
Pulling Together: Defining What It Is and What It Is Not
Reporting on the Action: Documenting the Changes as They Happenedp. 105
It Takes a Village…p. 111
Distinguishing This from That: What Organizational Patterns Can Tell Usp. 115
Post, Quasi, Whatever: Getting beyond the Vaguep. 129
The Whole and Its Parts: Bringing It All Togetherp. 139
Finding the Big Story: The Role of Philosophy and Meta-Narrativep. 159
The Head and the Heart: Worshiping with Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strengthp. 167
And Now What? Thoughts on the Decisions arid Dilemmas to Come
Reconfigure, Adapt, Realign: How Do the New and Old Fit Together?p. 181
Where Now Is Our Authority? Questioning and Establishing a Credible Voicep. 191
Future Pressure: What Potential Struggles Await?p. 201
Afterwordp. 207
Annotated Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 231
Emergence Christianity: The Photographic Report
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