The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity

The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity

By: Gladys Ganiel (author), Gerardo Marti (author)Paperback

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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 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 Emerging Christians see themselves as overturning outdated interpretations of the Bible, transforming hierarchical religious institutions, and re-orienting Christianity to step outside the walls of church buildings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.

About Author

Gerardo Marti is L. Richardson King Associate Professor of Sociology at Davidson College. He is author of A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church, Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church, and Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Church. Gladys Ganiel is Research Fellow at Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast. She is author of Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland and co-author (with Claire Mitchell) of Evangelical Journeys: Choice and Change in a Northern Irish Religious Subculture.

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  • ISBN13: 9780190867560
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780190867560
  • weight: 410
  • ISBN10: 0190867566

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