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Emerging Prophet: Kierkegaard and the Postmodern People of God
Description: Kierkegaard was a prophet who critiqued "Christendom," the perversion of authentic, New Testament Christianity into the institutionalized, materialistic, triumphalist, and flabby religion of modernism. Emergent Christianity is attempting to carve out a more authentic way of being Christian and doing church within--and beyond--the ineffectual, institutionalized ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Cascade Books
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The author is *not* part of the emergent church movement, but he offers a fair and positive overview of the emergent ethos that is often (and understandably) misunderstood or portrayed unfavorably, even clarifying some common confusions. I was intrigued because I had not come across any books that delineate the Kierkegaardian (and indirectly, neo-orthodox) influence on or overlap with the movement. Well researched with extensive bibliography. The book contains typos, many spacing errors, and a ...more
First time reading about Kierkegaard instead of his writings themselves and am pleased to see so much of his ideas applied for current Christianity. So much here to counter where some of American evangelical Christianity has taken this faith, as well as so many ideas on how the Church can counter the self-destructive and delegitimizing paths some forms of Christianity has taken. There's just as much explanation of the Emerging Church movement (this was written in 2013 when Emerging Church was ...more
A great book for considering how Kierkegaard's views of Christianity might apply to to the Church today, especially in the North American context (or wherever "emerging Church" ideas and the situation(s) behind them have been happening.) I found the book well informed in regard to Kierkegaard and well written and understandable.
Kyle Roberts does so much more than simply relate Kierkegaard to the Emergent Movement. I'm not an emergent guy, while I don't really have anything against the movement either. Over the years, however, while progressing in my theological studies, I've come to embrace many of the emergent themes that Roberts highlights in his book. There are many evangelicals, who, while remaining rooted in the movement, are concerned about the changes that are needed within evangelicalism and are looking forward ...more
Kierkegaard has something to say to the post-modern emerging church. The comparison is so exact that you might say that he predicted the movement. The author certainly attempts to draw that line. When I read this book, I had not read or studied Kierkegaard since Philosophy 101 in college, but I have read extensively on the emerging/emergent church. Roberts does a good job explaining Kierkegaard, but he may not do such a good job explaining the emerging church. At times the text does get ...more
A compelling and practical look at the writings of Kierkegaard and their applicability to Christians in America today. Well researched, and much to let sink in as a fundamental shift in how to think about faith apart from Christendom. While I'm sure many Christians are not yet willing to dive into the postmodern fray, the fact is there is more opportunity than during the modern period. This book, in mentioning many who are embracing this call and challenge, demonstrates a hopeful struggle in ...more