How Christianity is Changing and Why
For many explorefaith visitors, Phyllis Tickle is almost a household name. They know her from The Divine Hours, her multi-volume compilations that guide readers through the Daily Office. They respect her as a religionist, whose knowledge and understanding of church trends and history are truly remarkable. They embrace her as a storyteller, who crafts lucid images that illuminate the life of the church and the lives of the people who comprise it.
Phyllis’s latest book in a long line of publications is called The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. In it she traces the major shifts in the Christian faith, great rummage sales, she calls them, that have taken place every 500 years. We are in such an upheaval right now, says Tickle, and the result is a church more relevant to today’s culture.
This very enlightening, and engaging, new book will be the
centerpiece of an event this December in Memphis Tennessee, that will explore
Christianity as it is now, and what it may look like in the future. To talk more
about the Great Emergence, both book and gathering, here is Phyllis Tickle:
download or listen to the mp3 of the talk in its entirety
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Clip 3: You identify the impact of scientific discovery as one of the main factors leading to the current Great Emergence, as scientific explanations undercut scriptural understandings of the universe and humanity. Can you talk some more about how our understanding of the world affects our faith? mp3 clip
Clip 4: The interface of the Spirit mp3 clip
Clip 5: About Anglicanism mp3 clip
Clip 6: With the Great Emergence will the tension between science and religion no longer exist? mp3 clip
Clip 7: What are some of the differences that someone might observe if they were to visit an emergent church or place of worship? mp3 clip
Clip 8: In terms of appeal, is emergent Christianity crossing all demographic lines? mp3 clip
Clip 9: Who are the “hyphenateds”? mp3 clip
Phyllis Tickle’s new book THE GREAT EMERGENCE is published by Baker Books, and is available at amazon.com, which, when accessed through the explorefaith Web site, will donate a portion of the sales price to explorefaith.