Rooted in the observation that massive transitions in the church happen about every 500 years, Phyllis Tickle shows readers that we live in such a time right now. She compares the Great Emergence to other "Greats" in the history of Christianity, including the Great Transformation (when God walked among us), the time of Gregory the Great, the Great Schism, and the Great Reformation. Combining history, a look at the causes of social upheaval, and current events, The Great Emergence shows readers what the Great Emergence in church and culture is, how it came to be, and where it is going. Anyone who is interested in the future of the church in America, no matter what their personal affiliation, will find this book a fascinating exploration.
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5 Stars Insightful and Relevant for Our Times
Discontent with the status quo in American Christianity continues to grow. Reading "The Great Emergence" leaves one with the feeling that change is all around us. Phyllis Tickle writes about where we have been and what is on the horizon. The source is recommended for all Christians eager and not so eager for change.
3 Stars Good food for thought
This is a book that was fascinating to me. So much of it was of strong interest, and it is so well researched and packed with complex analysis and theory, that I chose to read it a 2nd time for deeper understanding, and parts of it a third time!
The Great Emergence is a good summary of some of the broad strokes of Christian history, in the context of wider societal and technological change. It is a helpful summary of some of the trends in the last