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The Post Evangelical (EMERGENTYS)

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You believe in the God of the Bible---but you cringe when church leaders oversimplify, trivialize, and absolutize the faith.You're not alone. You're likely among an increasing number of post-evangelicals: Christians growing restless within the bounds of the evangelical orthodoxy they were raised in or trained in---especially its culturally-influenced precepts and mores---a ...more
Hardcover, 146 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1995)
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Michael
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christianity
I've read two books by Brian McLaren and a number of others by authors associated with the Emergent movement. For a time I was regularly reading a few Emergent blogs. I think it is particularly appealing to those of us who come from church backgrounds where everyone seemed to be fighting mad at all times.

I felt I got a better look at the trajectory of the movement from "The Post-Evangelical", and I would have to say that this book sobered me up a bit. McLaren's books were at least as attractive
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Zack
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating experiment, and an interesting time capsule for what Christian thinking was like in the early 2000s. Tomlinson's identification of dissatisfaction in the evangelical church was, I think, a new-ish trend at the time but by now has become fairly stolidly entrenched. What fascinates me is that his diagnosis of the problem is remarkably indebted to a culture of postmodern concerns, which would be radically different in contemporary society. But I think what makes this book most ...more
Aurore
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: vie-chrétienne
Un bon diagnostic du monde évangélique (très critique mais réaliste). J'ai été un peu moins convaincu par les solutions proposées par l'auteur, sûrement à cause du contexte Anglo-saxons dans lequel il ecrit.
Norah
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all Evangelical Christians
Recommended to Norah by: can't remember!
A few times in your life you read a book which you feel is life-changing and takes you in a new direction, not only of thinking, but also of living. As I read it I recognised thoughts that I had been having for years, unaware that someone else was going along the same route! Coming from an evangelical 'Brethren' background, Dave Tomlinson made a faith commitment as a young teenager, later receiving 'the baptism of the Holy Spirit'. This led him into the 'Charismatic Movement' with which he spent ...more
MEGAN C
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The first three quarters of this book didn't do it for me. They are written in "mentoring" style meant to encourage and guide the disaffected British evangelical. Now, being neither British nor evangelical I found it very difficult to relate. However, the last bit of the book just blew my mind! Tomilnson delves into many interesting theological issues from a postmodern perspective to understand the way culture and language impact the experience of faith, religion, and the perception of God. I am ...more
Kath
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this very helpful in that it articulated many of my own thoughts about the narrow culture of the evangelical church. It lost me a bit towards the end and I think a lot has moved on since this was published so it would probably be worth reading a revised edition if there is one. Nevertheless there was a lot to appreciate here.
Pat
Dec 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Pat by: Read about it in one of Scot McKnight's books
A good read and I especially like the sidebar notes from various Evangelical leaders. Although I did tire of Mark Galli's criticisms. Why contribute to someone's book if all you have to say is negative?

The book definitely has given me something to think about with regard to my current view of faith and doctrinal issues.
James
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read that gave me a lot to think about. Though the book is a few years old now, it can be seen as still a current issue. Also I see where the thinking in it has influenced me through others, so it is good to go back to the source.
Karen
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
Useful if you grew up in the 70s in the UK evangelical church. You'll probably identify with the descriptions and the questions if not all the answers and solutions. One of the first people to really challenge this 'wing' and allow others to do the same
Anna Chapman
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read. It highlighted some of the key concerns and issues of many people who have experienced evangelical churches. It offered understanding and some hope. I found it immensely uplifting and I could relate to much of it.
Heidi
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Partly a critique of the evangelical movement and partly a overview of how it is changing, this book touches on some interesting topics but doesn't go very in depth.
P J Haynes
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puts into words my personal experience

This book puts into words the disconnect I often find between my personal faith and my experiences with organized religion.
Jason
Apr 16, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: my parents
not the book on theology for which i was looking; but maybe reflects some home that some strains of evanglicalism is opening up.
Andy
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I read this quite some time ago I almost uncorked a bottle of fizz, because at last I knew I wasn't alone. Clear, personal, encouraging and rooted in reality.
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