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With sensitivity to the Christian tradition and a rich understanding of postmodern thought, Peter Rollins argues that the movement known as the emerging church offers a singular, unprecedented message of transformation that has the potential to revolutionize the theological and moral architecture of Western Christianity.

How (not) to Speak of God sets out to explore the theory and praxis of this contemporary expression of faith. Rollins offers a clear exploration of this embryonic movement and provides key resources for those involved in communities that are conversant with, and seeking to minister effectively to, the needs of a postmodern world.

Here in pregnant bud is the rose, the emerging new configuration, of a Christianity that is neither Roman nor Protestant, neither Eastern nor monastic; but rather is the re-formation of all of them. Here, in pregnant bud, is third-millennium Christendom. --Phyllis Tickle

I am a raving fan of the book you are holding. I loved reading it. I have already begun widely recommending it. Reading it did good for my mind and for my soul. It helped me understand my own spiritual journey more clearly, and it gave me a sense of context for the work I'm involved in. In fact, I would say this is one of the two or three most rewarding books of theology I have read in ten years. --Brian McLaren, from the Foreword

Review:

"In the first half of this powerful but frustratingly opaque book, debut author Rollins summarizes some of the theological ideas that the so-called emerging church is currently exploring: the importance of doubt and silence, the limits of apologetics, and the idea that God is concealed even as God is revealed. He skillfully scrutinizes Christian teaching though the lens of postmodern (especially deconstructionist) theory, and argues that Christians should both affirm their views of God and recognize that those views are inadequate. The second half comprises a set of liturgies that Rollins's religious community, an Irish group called Ikon, has employed. One service explores 'divine absence' through a parable and a reading from Pascal. A ceremony for Advent uses sackcloth and ashes to highlight the penitential nature of the season. If most of these liturgies are affecting, some are a little hokey — in a concluding service called 'Queer,' for example, participants wrap stones, representing their prejudices, in Bubble Wrap. While this may prove an important book for some younger Christian leaders, dense prose will limit its audience: 'God's interaction with the world is irreducible to understanding, precisely because God's presence is a type of hyper-presence.' Nonetheless, a very enthusiastic foreword from Emergent elder statesman Brian McLaren will help create buzz." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Explore the philosophical and theological underpinnings of the Emerging church movement

Synopsis:

With sensitivity to the Christian tradition and a rich understanding of postmodern thought, Peter Rollins argues that the movement known as the ?emerging church? offers a singular, unprecedented message of transformation that has the potential to revolutionize the theological and moral architecture of Western Christianity. How (not) to Speak of God sets out to explore the theory and praxis of this contemporary expression of faith. Rollins offers a clear exploration of this embryonic movement and provides key resources for those involved in communities that are conversant with, and seeking to minister effectively to, the needs of a postmodern world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557255051
Author:
Rollins, Peter
Publisher:
Paraclete Press (MA)
Foreword by:
McLaren, Brian
Foreword:
McLaren, Brian
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Theology, doctrinal
Subject:
Institutions & Organizations
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Christianity - History - Social Issues
Subject:
Christianity - Church Administration - Church Growth
Subject:
Christian Church - Growth
Subject:
Church renewal
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.01x5.40x.40 in. .40 lbs.

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Product details 144 pages Paraclete Press (MA) - English 9781557255051 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the first half of this powerful but frustratingly opaque book, debut author Rollins summarizes some of the theological ideas that the so-called emerging church is currently exploring: the importance of doubt and silence, the limits of apologetics, and the idea that God is concealed even as God is revealed. He skillfully scrutinizes Christian teaching though the lens of postmodern (especially deconstructionist) theory, and argues that Christians should both affirm their views of God and recognize that those views are inadequate. The second half comprises a set of liturgies that Rollins's religious community, an Irish group called Ikon, has employed. One service explores 'divine absence' through a parable and a reading from Pascal. A ceremony for Advent uses sackcloth and ashes to highlight the penitential nature of the season. If most of these liturgies are affecting, some are a little hokey — in a concluding service called 'Queer,' for example, participants wrap stones, representing their prejudices, in Bubble Wrap. While this may prove an important book for some younger Christian leaders, dense prose will limit its audience: 'God's interaction with the world is irreducible to understanding, precisely because God's presence is a type of hyper-presence.' Nonetheless, a very enthusiastic foreword from Emergent elder statesman Brian McLaren will help create buzz." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Explore the philosophical and theological underpinnings of the Emerging church movement
"Synopsis" by , With sensitivity to the Christian tradition and a rich understanding of postmodern thought, Peter Rollins argues that the movement known as the ?emerging church? offers a singular, unprecedented message of transformation that has the potential to revolutionize the theological and moral architecture of Western Christianity. How (not) to Speak of God sets out to explore the theory and praxis of this contemporary expression of faith. Rollins offers a clear exploration of this embryonic movement and provides key resources for those involved in communities that are conversant with, and seeking to minister effectively to, the needs of a postmodern world.

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