The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity

Hardcover | April 30, 2014

byGerardo Marti, Gladys Ganiel

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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 ofChristianity. Emerging Christians see themselves as overturning outdated interpretations of the bible, transforming hierarchical religious institutions, and re-orienting Christianity to step outside the walls of church buildings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 observations from 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 ofthe development and significance of the ECM. Emerging Christians 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.

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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 ofChristianity. Emerging Christians see themselves as o...

Gerardo Marti is L. Richardson King Associate Professor of Sociology at Davidson College. Gladys Ganiel is Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at Trinity College Dublin at Belfast.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Introduction2. Pluralist Congregations3. Being an Emerging Christian4. Faith as Conversation5. Deconstructing Congregational Practices6. Following Jesus in the Real World7. Understanding Emerging ChristianityAppendix: Research MethodologyNotesBibliographyIndex