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Common Roots: The Original Call to an Ancient-Future Faith
The insights of the early church hold vast potential for strengthening the community life and ministry of the contemporary church. Robert Webber sounded this theme in his original 1978 edition of Common Roots. Over the past thirty years, this book has been recognized as Webber’s seminal work, providing a foundation for the ancient-future faith movement. Here is Webber’s or ...more
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Robert E. Webber was one of the earliest proponents of the "ancient-future faith" movement. He advocated that Protestants and evangelicals recover the practices, formations and traditions of the early Church. "Common Roots", originally published in 1978, would be the first of his many books on the subject. This book broaches on the topics of the Church, worship, theology, mission and spirituality. Webber's chief concern is that evangelicalism on its own, devoid of Christianity's historical roots ...more
I need to write up a real review eventually, but for now, if you are interested in Anglican/Catholic theology as an Evangelical, this is one of the early books that talked about why that move might be attractive. Originally written in 1978 it is surprisingly relevant to what is going on today among many that I know.
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“We must learn, then, not to HAVE a spirituality, something we turn on at a particular place or time, but to BE spiritual, as a habit of life, a continuous state of being. It is to this end that we seek after God in the stillness and hubbub of life, but always and everywhere in and through the church, where Christ is made present to us and, through us, to the world.”
“The church has unfolded in many forms, and no one single external form stands alone as the CORRECT visible expression. As the church settled in various geographical areas and as it penetrated through a variety of cultures, it found expression in multifaceted forms. Thus, the insistence that the church must exist in a single form is a denial not only of the richness of creation, but also of the complexities of the human response.”More quotes…