Emerging Evangelicals: "faith, Modernity, And The Desire For Authenticity" by James S. BieloEmerging Evangelicals: "faith, Modernity, And The Desire For Authenticity" by James S. Bielo

Emerging Evangelicals: "faith, Modernity, And The Desire For Authenticity"

byJames S. Bielo

Paperback | October 1, 2011

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The Emerging Church movement developed in the mid-1990s among primarily white, urban, middle-class pastors and laity who were disenchanted with America’s conservative Evangelical sub-culture. It is a response to the increasing divide between conservative Evangelicals and concerned critics who strongly oppose what they consider overly slick, corporate, and consumerist versions of faith. A core feature of their response is a challenge to traditional congregational models, often focusing on new church plants and creating networks of related house churches.
Drawing on three years of ethnographic fieldwork, James S. Bielo explores the impact of the Emerging Church movement on American Evangelicals. He combines ethnographic analysis with discussions of the movement’s history, discursive contours, defining practices, cultural logics, and contentious interactions with conservative Evangelical critics to rethink the boundaries of “Evangelical” as a category. Ultimately, Bielo makes a novel contribution to our understanding of the important changes at work among American Protestants, and illuminates how Emerging Evangelicals interact with the cultural conditions of modernity, late modernity, and visions of “postmodern” Christianity.
Title:Emerging Evangelicals: "faith, Modernity, And The Desire For Authenticity"Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814789552

ISBN - 13:9780814789551


Editorial Reviews

"From [Bielo's] empathetic description...[it's clear] the growth of introspective evangelicals serves as a caution to scholars and commentators not to assume a homogenous evangelical experience. Recommended."-CHOICE,