The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity

Winner of the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion The Emerging Church Movement ECM is a creative, entrepreneurial religious movement that strives to achieve social legitimacy and spiritual vitality by actively disassociating from its roots in conservative, evangelical Christianity and deconstructing contemporary expressions ofWinner of the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion The Emerging Church Movement ECM is a creative, entrepreneurial religious movement that strives to achieve social legitimacy and spiritual vitality by actively disassociating from its roots in conservative, evangelical Christianity and deconstructing contemporary expressions of Christianity Emerging Christians see themselves as overturning outdated interpretations of the Bible, transforming hierarchical religious institutions, and re orienting Christianity to step outside the walls of church buildings toward working among and serving others in the real world Drawing on ethnographic observation of emerging congregations, pub churches, neo monastic communities, conferences, online networks, in depth interviews, and congregational surveys in the US, UK, and Ireland, Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel provide a comprehensive social scientific analysis of the development and significance of the ECM Emerging Christians, they find, are shaping a distinct religious orientation that encourages individualism, deep relationships with others, new ideas about the nature of truth, doubt, and God, and innovations in preaching, worship, Eucharist, and leadership.
The Deconstructed Church Understanding Emerging Christianity Winner of the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion The Emerging Church Movement ECM is a creative entrepreneurial religious movement that strives to achieve

  • Title: The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity
  • Author: Gerardo Marti Gladys Ganiel
  • ISBN: 9780199959884
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity”

    1. I just wasn't sure as I read this book. My experience with at least some Emerging Christians is that they are very Evangelical--just not as committed to calling people out for "improper" morals as their Evangelical peers. The authors also suggest that one of the main features of the ECM is individualization of the sort described by Bellah in "Habits of the Heart," years ago. Maybe so. But in this the ECM is extremely modernist, rather than deconstructionist. On one page it even mixes up individu [...]

    2. Marti and Ganiel have added a thoughtful and thick analysis to the literature on the emerging church. More rigorous and sociological than Gibbs and Bolger and more focused on religious themes than Packard's book, they put deconstruction at the centre of their examination of these congregations. Lots of rich ethnographic material as well as orienting references to theory. The best book on the emerging church, including the books written by emerging leaders on themselves (and there are many).

    3. An interesting, immersive look at "Christians" in US and UK who've walked away from much of modern Christianity. Lots to digest.

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