February 4, 2013

Where Are the Phyllis Tickle Baptists?

Scott Looney, Associated Baptist Press

I recently attended the Emergence Christianity Conference in Memphis, TN. To be open, I knew very little about Emergence, Emergent, Emerging, Emerge(+suffix) Christianity going into this event. To be completely open, what I thought I knew can be easily listed: re-purposed liturgical elements in worship, an integration of high and low arts and appreciation of the role aesthetics play in worship, an emphasis on community, a rejection of traditional church polities, a movement away from church buildings, reading books by Peter Rollins. What I discovered at the conference was a historical narrative where Phyllis Tickle argues that society and Christian religion are on the cusp on philosophical changes equal in magnitude to the Great Schism of 1054 and the Protestant Reformation....

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