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    Boy, I hate it when GoodReads swallows my review when I go to save it The Great Emergence is a somewhat interesting but ultimately too shallow book that sets out to tackle epic themes of religious history and predict where modern Christiantiy is going, and instead asserts a somewhat dubious historical pattern and engages in idle but incomplete speculation about contemporary faith evolution.For a book talking about the world changing phenomenon of the Great Emergence, Tickle is either coy or obtuse about explaining what exactly it is There are plenty of references early on, but I got the sense that this is a well known term within a given academic literary circle, making it far less useful for a general lay reader who s handed the book for study I found it ironic that she goes into detail explaining orthodoxy and orthopraxy, terms I already knew, but that the Great Emergence doesn t warrant explanation until many chapters in.The GE, according to Tickle, is a re evaluation and re formation of society and religion Sometimes she seems to mean the former, oftentimes she focuses on the latter As part of the GE, in a religious sense, we should be seeing a decline in denominationalism, and a decline in authoritarian dogmatic faiths rule through hierarchy or rule through sola scriptura , in favor of a blended, tolerant, crowd sourced sort of Christianity.It s an exciting prospect, pulling in and respecting a wide array of traditions, but eschewing the I have a monopoly on the truth obey me themes which Christianity has suffered from since Constantine adopted it as the state religion The problem is, aside from some selective themes in modern American Christian history over the last fifty years, Tickle doesn t really provide a convincing case for it Again, she seems seems to consider Emergent Christianity to be a given, and its historical inevitability as the wave of the future natural and unquestionable.But it s not Tickle admittedly focuses just on North America She notes that European Christianity has been undergoing these same trends far longer, but doesn t demonstrate how Christianity there follows the pattern breaking down the quadrangle she uses as a model Liturgy vs Social Justice, Renewal vs Conservatism, doctrine centric vs practice centric, etc And beyond that, she ignores the Global South and its much higher population Christian communities, which don t seem to fit her model at all More importantly, especially in a North American and European perspective, she ignores changes in religious demographics, both the increase in minority non Christian faiths, and the decline in religiosity and the rise in atheism She would probably suggest that the apparent decline in Christianity though still by far a majority is because Emergent Christianity doesn t adhere so closely to traditional denominational church going, and thus measurements based on church attendance and the like are far less important than they used to be but she never actually addresses it here, again taking for granted Christianity as the sole faith or lack of faith tradition in North America.The other part of the book, with which the first half is concerned, is a historical hypothesis that Church or maybe Societal History goes in 500 year cycles Thus we have the birth of Christ Five hundred years later, there s a group of events made up of the Council of Chalcedon AD 451 , the fall of Rome AD 410 480 , and the papacy AD 590 of Gregory the Great, which signaled the monastic reforms of the Church and their ability to preserve society through the Dark Ages Five hundred years after that, in 1054, we have the great schism between the Catholic Rome and Orthodox Constantinople churches Five hundred years later, we have the Reformation Luther s theses in 1517, but extending another 150 years And five hundred years after that, we have the modern day and the Great Emergence.It s an interesting pattern, but, as any historian will tell you, patterns can be found anywhere The events described are all important ones, but she ignores other events of arguably equal significance, even from just the perspective of Church history The imperial adoption of Christianity and the Council of Nicea in the mid 4th Century is ignored, as are the critical Benedictine reforms of the 8 9th Centuries The Age of Enlightenment, from late 17th to the late 18th century, is left out, or minimized as simple result of the Reformation due to Protestant insistence on literacy, even though it profoundly changed views of religion and led to the rise of political states with religious tolerance rather than religious establishment.There s no explanation that Tickle provides for the supposed five hundred year pattern Indeed, given the breadth of dates involved a hundred years range, if not , for the events given at the top of each cycle , it s difficult to argue that even if these were the actual key events that the really show a five hundred year cycle It s an obvious temptation to have one, since it would then point to the modern era as one of key changes which are always interesting to write about, but the point is not well put forth, let alone proven.There s some interesting material in this book the eventual discussion of Christian religious classifications and how they may be blending and counter blending is good fodder for discussion, but without anything concrete to demonstrate this is actually happening it remains simply good bull session material Similarly, the historical patterns are worth further examination, conversationally, but as presented are too weak to take seriously.


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    Although the subtitle of this latest book by Phyllis Tickle is How Christianity is Changing and Why, the book is about so much The book s thesis is that the western Church is going through an upheaval and rearrangement, the likes of which have not been seen for 500 years.Even surprising, Tickle argues persuasively that similar transformations have occurred every 500 years, each one leading to huge and fundamental changes in religion, but also in society, culture and the individual person s life.Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his treatises to a church door and initiated the Great Reformation 500 years before that the church split into the east and the west Eastern and Greek Orthodox on the one hand, Roman Catholicism on the other Going back 500 years we arrive at the fall of the Roman Empire and the ushering in of the dark ages.And 500 before that is the time of Jesus himself, a transformation so great that even the way we number our years was changed as a result If we consider the whole Judeo Christian world, the pattern extends even further 500 years before Christ was the fall of the temple in Jerusalem, and 500 years before that we have the reign of King David.Tickle takes us through a broad and far reaching review of history, laying out the case that we are now in a time she calls The Great Emergence, and have been for several decades now Just as Martin Luther s ideas would not have spread without Gutenberg s printing press, the ideas arising at this current time would not be spreading without the web.And just as Luther s ideas rejected the existing authority structures in the church at the time, so to now do the activities of those involved in The Great Emergence reject the authority structures of our time The Internet and Web 2.0 technologies are making this rejection which started in the 1960s even pervasive.As we all know, the Reformation also ushered in an age in which Science became the dominant force in our culture The names that come to mind are known to all students Newton, Copernicus, Galileo Tickle discusses several key events in Science in the last hundred years that have ushered in the next great age of transformation Most of us would also have no trouble naming the scientists responsible for this latest turn of events Darwin, Freud, Einstein.This is a short book, less than 170 6 x9 pages, but packed with many thought provoking ideas Toward the end of the book, on p 152, Tickle touches on the possibility that what is happening to the church is a natural event in this case, the Church, capital C, is not really a thing or entity so much as it is a network in exactly the same way that the Internet or the World Wide Web or, for that matter, gene regulatory and metabolic networks are not things or entities Like them and from the point of view of an emergent, the Church is a self organizing system of relations, symmetrical or otherwise, between innumerable member parts that themselves form subsets of relations within their smaller networks, etc etc in interlacing levels of complexity She goes on to draw the clear conclusion what this means is that no one individual or hierarchical structure is in charge No one of the member parts or connecting networks has the whole or entire truth of anythingeach is only a single working piece of what is evolving and is sustainable so long as the interconnectivity of the whole remains intact This is a fascinating book, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in history, the intersection of religion and science, the current state of Christianity, or any number of other topics I predict people will be talking about this book for years and you just might want to be among those who read it first.


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    I think it s pretty obvious to the unbiased reader of The Great Emergence that Tickle s arrangement of history, her beliefs about what is most important and why, and her assessment of where we re at and where we are going are all easily called into question Since she both defines and applies her own terms as they relate to the monumental shift she describes, and then incorporates virtually everything we can possibly observe into it, it becomes apparent early on that if you don t just relax and listen to what she has to say, you will not get through the book.Bill Moyers impact on the Christian church has been comparable to Darwin and Freud Really Better to just let it go and read on.Ignoring entirely the Bereans, Tickle portrays sola scriptura as nothing than a pragmatic concoction of the Reformers But I think a strong argument can be made for the authority of scripture on the most practical grounds imaginable, with no mention of the Reformation or literacy, or translations, or printing whatsoever As it relates to the issues of slavery and women s suffrage, Tickle is too eager to fix the blame for the church s errors on a belief in the authority of scripture, rather than on the validity of their interpretations She also focuses far too little on how deeply scripture informed and motivated those who fought bravely for advancement in those areas, and the moral traction that scripture gave to their arguments.To set the leading of the Spirit and biblical authority in opposition, or competition, you must assume they are in conflict I would like to know what that point of conflict is, what the Bible specifically says that is in error, and what the Holy Spirit has instead revealed that shows the authority of scripture to be problematic I understand the idea that there may be a persistent tension in evidence, and that not everything will resolve cleanly in matters of faith, but if that s the case, why on earth do we need to let go of biblical authority I recently have been reading a critique of John Shelby Spong, a collection of essays written by ten Episcopal scholars In places, it traces the bishop s ideas from early articles appearing in The Christian Century to his current heretical stances Wherever you place Spong s ideas in relationship to modern or postmodern notions, his decline from iconoclast to apostate has been accompanied by reasoning that is arrestingly similar to that of Tickle In fact, they appear to be coming to many of the same conclusions.


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    Although I don t feel competent to evaluate its claims, I found Phyllis Tickle s audiobook The Great Emergence to be completely fascinating This book is particularly appropriate during this 500th anniversary of the Reformation Now the book was written 5 years ago , according to the author, the church is entering the great emergence It was good to review my Goshen College church history classes, and I loved her sociological description of the last hundred years eeks, I ve lived through all but 30 of those And, so much has indeed happened Rosie the Riveter, the automobile, the development of technology, to name a few I especially enjoyed Tickle s account of the emergence of the Pentecostal movement with its emphasis on experiential faith and of the influence of the Quakers And, how radio, etc., has changed church music from participation to performance ah, I ve never lost my appreciation of Mennonite singing I chuckled at her lists of labels that churches now use, particularly mainline denominations with a hyphenated add on to name each particular quirk Good to stretch the mind a bit and to review my own spiritual path.


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    The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle is a sociological study on the history and possible future of Christianity This text is unusual for its inclusion of and respect for both Catholicism and Orthodoxy in its 163 pages of exploration on how Christianity has changed, from just prior to the Reformation until today Its basic thesis is that society, and as a result, the church, changes drastically every 500 years, beginning with the rise of Monasticism about 500 years after Christ, with the transition periods being the most disruptive She talks about the effect of a myriad number of things on Christianity including such diverse phenomena as Charles Darwin, Alcoholics Anonymous, Rosy the Riveter and Leave it to Beaver The book really is a hopeful one all in all of the survival of Christianity and even leaves us, in the footnotes, with a prophesy by Joachim of Fiore, that divides Christianity into bi millennial units emphasizing the Father from the beginning of time to the birth of Christ , the Son up to the year 2000 , the Holy Spirit from 2000 4000 and a glorious union of the three from the years 4000 5000 AD.


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    It s easy to point out all kinds of holes or flaws in the bigger argument of this book that there s a major shift in Christianity every 500 years But I have a feeling Phyllis Tickle is nodding and winking and having a lot of fun Well worth reading if for nothing else than the sweeping sense of history and just how messy everything including Christianity is.


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    On 9 11 2001 the world itself seemed to tilt on it s Axis What was in terms of stability and clearly defined demarcations between peoples, nations, politics, and cultures suddenly evaporated as we stepped into the shadows of uncertainty It was like a bell had been rung announcing that new age had dawned I knew it then being a 19 year old terrified as I watched the World Trade Centers smolder, the ruins in Pennsylvania, and the gaping hole in our Pentagon And that feeling hasn t dissipated In fact, given our current state of affairs globally, it s intensified The political upheavals all over the west and in the middle east sort of made a fool of those who feared a unified one world government as everything started to fragment and continues on today with the Kurdish Vote Phyllis Tickle, in her work, The Great Emergence simply put a name to the anxiety and restlessness of the world, now Change has come and not just in a religious way but because religion informs society and society informs the faiths, it has come in all ways If she s right, it would explain The Millennial generation that are virtually strangers to their parents It would explain the rising of their parent s authoritative response to their children that is happening all over the western world but sequestered in certain demographics It would explain the departure from self awareness of the reformation to this super or hyper awareness in our every increasingly connected world Unlike some of the reviews below, I do not believe Tickle endorses or refuses to endorse this new age She s simply presenting what is happening to us in a way that is academically rigorous and faithfully rigorous as well as spiritually aware of a shift in the winds I think there was an assumption made that Sola Scriptura and the Reformation and it s resulting changes would be the end all be all of what could be achieved And yetprotestantism isn t what protestantism started off being It now stands FOR empire instead of standing against it and in the resulting years has lost it s authority as well as it s believability now that science has mythologized critical aspects of it including the scriptures Today, modern day protestantism is exactly where The Catholic Church was 500 years ago and if our modern day political discourse is any indicator just as reactionary If she is correct in her observations, and if that thing we feel in our gut that winding, twisting, uncertainty that lingers just outside the periphery of this new world and it s inhabitants the implications are both immediately awesome and terrifying Yet, the first step toward understanding a thing is being able to name that thing This book does so remarkably well The sole comfort I derive is that God is on the move and whatever comes no matter how it comes his will be done.


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    More than a bit ambitius, Tickle tackles not only the history of Christendom from a Protestant perspective but the major players in post renaissance science, politics, psychology, and sociology.Tickle s thesis is that every 500 years, the Christian faith has a great rummage sale in which they re orient themselves While this 500 year division is too neat and tidy she says as much and it s presumptious to say we re experiencing one now time will tell on that front , this is an excellent read.For starters, Tickle has a great mind and is an outstanding writer Because the breadth of her reach is so large most topics cannot get than a superficial treatment But because she is such a great communicator, this comes across not as a weakness but as a strength She succinctly and accurately summarizes many of the non theological or religious reason for why changes in Christendom occur On this point she should be commended for writing in a scholarly and accessible fashion.I was less excited about the implications she draws for the post modern Church Tickle suggests that the four major voices in the quadralateral that is Christianity the liturgical, the social justice, the renewal, and the conservative are re orienting themselves toward the center and incorporating bits and pieces from each other While I do not argue that this is happening, especially on a popular and practical level, I do question whether this is a good thing I wonder if merging togther like this necessarily causes the Church to loose her sharp edges In doing so, is the Church expressed as individual churches becoming a jack of all trades and master of none However, I m willing to give Tickle the benefit of the doubt on this one and respect her honesty in learning from the past and attempting to move forward into the 21st century.


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    Wherever she is, Phyllis Tickle is the smartest person in the room She has absolutely shaped any understanding of the Christian emergence movement And when she describes, or one collects, her ideas about the history and future of the church, it could not be persuasive and impressive This particular book, however, does not quite fulfill those accolades The Great Emergence is creative and descriptive, even one of the most important books in the field For a layperson it might be shocking and transformative But for anyone familiar with her later work Tickle has added so much about what to expect for the life of faith, and clarified so well how the major religious changes came about this book is good, not great Here, she spends much time on the cultural movements that impacted religion, which are interesting and relevant, but not as fun to read for a theology and church geek Her description of a holy cable and graphs of modern faith authorities are overwrought And yet, wherever she leans into existentialism, Tickle really does inspire, whether it be with an explanation of why the gay debates are so difficult for society, or in her advice about finding meaning from faith Life is simply too hard and too painful for us to endure, if endurance is the only purpose 34 re read Aug 2015


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    Mush, incoherence, distortion and lies about Evangelical ChristianityThis book is commended by, amongst others, the Primate of The Episcopal Church in the USA, which is no surprise The general thesis is that we are experiencing a cyclical, Great development in the history of Christian faithWhich involves the re creating of most of the firmly held views of the 16th century ReformationThe book is deeply flawed in its anthropocentric view of practically every development cultural, philosophical, historical, theological, liturgical in the past 400 years God, and His will, and His purpose of love in the redemption of the world by the substitutionary death of HIs only Son, Jesus Christ, is remarkably dismissed as a sort of relic of understanding from another age Phyllis Tickle s book left me breathless in wonder at her leaps of logic her creative distortions her bias against the faith once delivered Her last name s ironic label is surely worth considering, especially in light of St Paul s warning to young Timothy to take heed and avoid those whose ears itch after novel false teaching designed to tickle us.This book is dangerous to the faith of those not grounded in Scripture, not taught the Bible weekly, not aware of the subtle lure of heresy.


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The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why summary pdf The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, summary chapter 2 The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, sparknotes The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why 49fec3b From The Church S Birth To The Reign Of St Gregory The Great, To The Great Schism And Through The Reformation, Phyllis Tickle Notes That Every Years The Church Has Been Rocked By Massive Transitions Remarkably Enough, Tickle Suggests To Us That We Live In Such A Time Right Now The Great Emergence Examines History, Social Upheaval, And Current Events, Showing How A New Form Of Christianity Is Rising Within Postmodern Culture Anyone Interested In The Future Of The Church In America, No Matter What Their Personal Affiliation, Will Find This Book A Fascinating Exploration

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  • The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why
  • Phyllis A. Tickle
  • English
  • 25 October 2017
  • 9781596445758

About the Author: Phyllis A. Tickle

Phyllis Natalie Tickle was an American author and lecturer whose work focuses on spirituality and religion issues After serving as a teacher, professor, and academic dean, Tickle entered the publishing industry, serving as the founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly, before then becoming a popular writer She is well known as a leading voice in the emergence church movemen