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What the "Emergent Church Movement" is all about-and why it matters to the future of ChristianityFollowing on the questions raised by Brian McLaren in A New Kind of Christian, Tony Jones has written an engaging exploration of what this new kind of Christianity looks like. Writing "dispatches" about the thinking and practices of adventurous Emergent Christians across the co ...more
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Published January 13th 2011 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2008)
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Trey Dunham
Although he would probably deny it, Tony Jones is one of the forefront members and voices of what is called the Emergent Village, a new church movement that claims to lie between mainline denominationalism and fundamental evangelicalism. It seems as though this movement has arisen as a result of the cultural shift to postmodernism and the desire of the Church to continue to be relevant in the present age. One of the criticism of the emergent church is its lack of concrete characteristics. It can ...more
Jim
A thoughtful and engaging picture of the emergent church.

While I loved "How (not) to Speak of God" for its philosophical/theological look at the emerging movement in Christianity, this book is perhaps more effective because of the inclusion of personal witness and testimony about the underpinnings of the emerging movement.
Candace
Tony's excellent book is a great primer for the Emergent Christian movement. I had never heard of Emergent before this book and it has inspired my imagination and shown me a new way to think about Christianity. Highly recommended!
Jon
This book offers an intriguing look into Emergent Christianity, a fairly new movement that I had been previously unaware of.

The New Christians is a mixture of information. It's partly a biography on Tony Jones (one of the founders), partly an explanation into what Emergent Christianity is all about, partly about the experiences of ordinary people, etc.

I found elements of this radical, anti-conventional church movement very interesting and it's almost something I would like to experience at leas
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Jonathan P.
This is an amazing book! It has changed my thoughts...making me rethink. It helped my sanity. Looks like i'm not that crazy after all.
David Herrick
Great synopsis of the "emergent village" stream of the emerging church movement (as of March 2008 at least). The best quote from the book, which I believe sums up the movement and the criticisms of the movement better than anyone's said thus far: "'Just because our church is open to various viewpoints doesn't mean that anything goes. We really believe things. We just also believe that we might be wrong.' This is a tricky middle path between the certainties of evangelicalsim and the openness of l ...more
Flissy
One of the minsters at the church where I work went to a conference in Atlanta not long ago. While she was there, she saw Tony Jones speak, was really excited about what he had to say, and brought back two copies of his book, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier.

Tony Jones is the coordinator of Emergent Village, and is one of the leaders in the emergent church movement. Jones defines the emergent church as "the specifically new forms of church life rising from the modern, Am
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Patty
I recently downloaded an essay by Tony Jones about atonement. What I read intrigued me and I agreed with much of what Jones said. I am so grateful for all voices in the church who speak of love and grace. So I wanted to know more about Tony Jones. This was the only book in my public library by Jones. I am interested in the emergent church, so this was exactly the right book for the moment.

Jones has been involved in the emergent movement almost from the beginning. He has studied various groups wi
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Jenny
As someone who is ambivalent about the Emergent Church, but interested to know more, I decided to read this book, which I was given for free at an Emergent Church book tour in 2007.

The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier is an attempt by the author to explain the history and practice of the new Emergent Church phenomenon in Western Protestant Christianity. Jones begins with giving a history of the Church, then follows with an explanation of how the Emergent Church was slowly f
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Mark
Interesting and well written. I agree with many of the attitude and perspective issues presented in the books (although I think the author does not realize these are happening in conservative evangelical churches as well as the emergent church). I do however, disagree with many of his conclusions on the meanings of various Scriptures. I understand the hesitancy declare "THIS IS TRUTH", and appreciate the "hermeneutics of humility".

He asserts at several points that the emergent church is apoliti
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Tim
A fantastic overview of the Emergent movement by Tony Jones. If you don't know much about the Emergent movement, want to know more or learn for yourself what it is all about, read this book! If you read no other books about Emergent, read this one!

I have been liking the bits and pieces of Emergent ideas and dialogues that I've picked up in other books, but nothing gave me the clarity or confidence that what I felt or believed fit anywhere in particular. But after reading the ideas and themes in
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Lawson Hembree
Had to read this book for a class in college. The foundations of the "emergent church" outlined in this book are built on emotion and feeling instead of the firm foundation of Christ and His Word.
Hansen Wendlandt
This probably is just the book Tony Jones wanted to write. It is a helpful description of the beginning of Emergent Christianity, highlighting its difference from standard American faith, spelling out some interesting history. It is published well, with interesting definitions and conversational asides. And as one would expect from one of the theological leaders of Emergence, it does not shy from theological controversy, clarification or ambiguity. There is little, however, that is fresh or orig ...more
Mike
While I didn't agree with everything in the book, it gave me a lot to think about in regards to Christianity and postmodernism. One of the best points in the book refers to the notion that many people agree that God is truth and that God cannot be defined fully by human language; therefore, how can humans define truth with the same falliable language? The Emergent Church is a little too unstructured for me, but many of the thoughts and points expressed are the backbone for problems many Generati ...more
Matt Moran
If you are trying to understand the Emergent movement, this is the best, most easily accessible book that I have found.

The most succinct review would be 'Great questions, troubling answers.'

I read this book for class at GCTS .. it gave Laurel and I a number of things to discuss, and I wrote dozens of comments in the margins as I read. Very provocative, very interesting, but as many people have pointed out before, the Emergent tendency to deconstruct the authority of the Scripture and the church
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Andrew
Wasn't exactly the style I prefer when reading about a subject (anecdotes, conversations, side notes, etc.) but as it's consistent with what the emergent movement holds as important, I'll give it to them.

I find myself half enthralled and half skeptical of this amorphous group, but I may just keep to the sidelines and watch until I'm ready to take a step in.
hmmm
i am currently reading this. i went to a couple of seminars with tony jones at c-stone festival this summer, and was intrigued by what he was sharing, as it is similar thoughts that me and my husband have had the past few years.... so i better get back to the book... so far i loved the conversation between the brain and the biblicist... was laughing out loud...
Roy
Interesting, interesting stuff. Insightful and challenging. His observations on attitudes of the modern unchurched are right on. His critiques of organized churches and traditional liturgy are difficult to accept but still more right than wrong. My concern is that we would have to stop being ourselves in order to be "emergent".
Joshua Trombley
Love the different perspective. Some great ideas about how to 'do church'. Even if you don't agree with everything there is still a wealth of knowledge and perspective to be taken out of it. You might even find out that you are a little more emergent than you thought.
Kirk
Thought it was a good overall look at the Emergent Church movement, from its genesis through recent happenings. Tony does a nice job of giving us some examples of Emergent churches, with enough detail to get our minds wrapped around how they do church.
Harla
Very thought provoking read. It challenges my thinking about the Christian Church today and makes me want to read more about it. Definitely makes me want to discuss many of the subjects brought up in the book.
Jason
A really great picture and explanation of what Emergent Village and the Emergent Church is becoming. I read it once, and now I'm reading it again.
Shawn Coons
A great introduction into the context, history, and "guideposts" of the Emergent Church, which is one part of the emerging church movement.
Tip
An excellent, informative history of the relatively new Emergent movement from one who has been there since the beginning.
Rohan Salmond
Clear, very interesting. I hadn't really heard about the emergent movement before reading this, so I learned a lot.
J. Bill
Great book. One of the best from the Emergent movement.
Raborn
Traces the history of the emerging church movement.
Ellen
Interesting history of the Emergent Church movement.
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Tony Jones, M.Div., Ph.D., is the author of a dozen books. He blogs at Theoblogy. Tony is the theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Porch, professor in the practice of theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, has developed an iPhone app (Ordain Thyself), teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary, co-owns an event company, and speaks regularly at conferences around the world. He live ...more
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