An Authoritative Bibliography on Emergent Christiantity by Phyllis Tickle

An Authoritative Bibliography on Emergent Christiantity by Phyllis Tickle August 11, 2010
Phyllis Tickle

At ExploreFaith, Phyllis has put together a thorough list of the most interesting and helpful books for understanding the current emergence of Protestantism in the West.  (I’m happy to report that two of my books made the cut.)

See it HERE.

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  • Interesting that it’s nearly exclusively Protestant. Has emergence given up on Catholic emergence?

  • adhunt’s comment notwithstanding, that is a remarkably thorough list of books. It’d occupy at least a good weekend of solid reading.

    adhunt, what would you suggest as catholic additions to the list?

  • I’m not sure, Steven, that that part of the conversation has matured enough for there to be much to go on. That isn’t a value statement so much as a merely observational statement. The focus has been much more on how Emergent Christianity has made use of Catholic traditions, especially those related to Spirituality.

    It seems like a work that has only just begun.

  • Patrick

    Am I the only one who finds it ironic/funny that a collection of books about Emergent Christianity is labeled as “authoritative?” If nothing else, haven’t we been taught as post-moderns to question the authoritative nature of Phyllis’ list? From whence does Phyllis’ list derive its authority? Is it only insofar as her list is interpreted by the community? Does “authoritative” imply “inspired?” And how does this list exercise its authority among us? By shaping orthodoxy or orthopraxy? Someone call N.T. Wright…

  • carla jo

    Patrick–

    “Is it only insofar as her list is interpreted by the community?”

    Yes.

  • Not a single book by Moltmann? I’d say understanding emerging church as Moltmann’s ecclesiology in practice would be a pretty good description.

    It’s also interesting to me that there’s nothing by Dan Kimball, or any of the other more conservative early leaders. Which does tilt an understanding of EC in a particular direction.

    I’d definitely add Webber’s Listening to the Beliefs of the Emerging Churches as a key text.

    I’d also push a lot less of the vaguely emerging, more “free church” theology and a lot more of the key texts from the missional direction such as from Guder, Newbigin, and more recently, Alan Hirsch. Hirsch is still quite emerging and so his books arise from that context. His wife leads a very dynamic emerging community in Los Angeles.