Emerging Church Reading List

If you’d like a few pointers on books to read about the emerging church/emergent/emerging conversation (this theologial trend has multiple buzzwords, all of which have a slightly different meaning but in general refer to how Christianity is encountering Postmodernity), visit this blogpost on the Emerging Church: Top 5 Books for American Reporters. Actually more than five books are listed, and links are provided to several other interesting book lists. I agree with Becky Garrison (who forwarded me the link) that one glaring omission is Brian McLaren’s A Generous Orthodoxy. But otherwise, appears to be a great list (I say “appears to be” because there’s a lot on here I haven’t read: just what I needed, more books to read!).

In Memoriam: Kenneth Leech
Concerning Emergence, Contemplation, and the Faith of the Future
Following the Ancient Path Today
The Intelligent Person's Guide to Prayer


  1. i would tend to put generous orthodoxy on my list of theological readings rather than the various groupings of emerging church models which is why i chose brians early book – church on the other side – instead of GO.

    i have more lists coming . . .

  2. For anyone who might be interested, my last two posts deal with the issue of Emerging Church (here) and Christianity in a postmodern culture (here.

    Grace and Peace,
    Raffi Shahinian
    Parables of a Prodigal World

  3. How about the book called ‘A Return to Spirit: After the Mythic Church’ by Desmond Murphy? It’s an examination of the changes in the Catholic church over the past 30-40 years from the perspective of Transpersonal Psychology (especially Ken Wilber’s stages of development). Murphy is a priest and psychologist.

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