The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity

Gerardo Marti, Gladys Ganiel

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    The Emerging Church Movement (ECM) is a reform movement within Western Christianity that reacts against its roots in conservative evangelicalism by “de-constructing” contemporary expressions of Christianity. Emerging Christians see themselves as overturning out-dated interpretations of the bible, transforming hierarchical religious institutions, and re-orientating 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, this book provides a comprehensive social scientific analysis of the development and significance of the ECM. Emerging Christians are shaping a distinct religious orientation that encourages individualism, deep relationships with others, new ideas around the nature of truth, doubt, and God, and innovations in preaching, worship, Eucharist, and leadership.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford UP
    Number of pages272
    ISBN (Print)9780199959884
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

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