Monday, October 01, 2007

The Emerging Christian Way

I am in the midst of a number of books right now, and a couple of them are really profound. I am close to finishing Jesus For the Non Religious which just might be the most significant book that I have read in a long time. I will blog more about it when I finish it.

The book that I recently finished is The Emerging Christian Way. It is a collection of articles and stories by persons who are engaged in helping to bring transformation to Christianity. Many of the authors were from the Church of Canada, which I found intreging. Five of the 15 authors really challenged me. The articles by Matthew Fox, Marcus Borg, Bruce Sanguin, Anne Squire and Bill Phipps really hit home.

When I began the book, I thought that it might be a great introduction to Progressive Christianity, but the quality of the articles very so much that I don't think that is true. If you are just beginning your journey in Progressive Christianity, I would hold off on this book, or just read the articles I suggested above ---> if however, you are well on your way to seeing Jesus in a new way, this book might further you on your journey. There are better books, that are more consistent in their approach that would be of more value to many. Books such as: What if Grace Were True, anything by Marcus Borg, or selected books by Bishop Spong.

Happy reading!


Anonymous said...

Here is a good blog post to read, in particular the last one on the list "Inclusiveness Excludes The Most Helpless".

The UMC and Progressive Christianity

Steve Conger said...

Thanks anonymous, but I am not sure what that site has to do with anything other than belittling people. Maybe you can help me?

Sheryl said...

Randomly came across your entry (when looking for a good way to sum up The Emerging Christian Way for a quick "review") and was interested in your reaction to it. I guess it is pretty Canadian! (being Canadian I don't always notice such things!)

Anyway, just wanted to say that I'm glad you found it to be a good read! I quite enjoyed it myself, though am kinda progessive-christianitied out (being from the United Church of Canada, Phipps et al are kinda all over)...find myself getting more "radically progressive" all the time! Fancy that! :P

Anyway, enough of me blogging on your blog!

Take care!