The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier  -     By: Tony Jones
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Jossey-Bass / 2008 / Hardcover

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Following the intruiging ideas raised in Brian McLaren's bestselling A New Kind of Christian, Tony Jones has written an engaging exploration of what this new kind of Christianity looks like. Writing "dispatches" on the thought and practice of those within the Emerging Church, he offers an in-depth look at this new "third way" of faith - its origins, theology, and its views on truth, Scripture and interpretation, along with the movement's hopeful and life-giving sense of community. With the depth of theological expertise and broad perspective he has gained as a pastor, writer, and as a leader of this movement, Jones invites readers into the Emergent conversation and offers a new way forward for Christians in a postmodern world. With journalistic narrative as well as authoritative reflection, he provides fascinating examples and first hand stories that mark this new and revitalized incarnation of Christianity.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 264
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0787994715
ISBN-13: 9780787994716
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Series: A Living Way

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Publisher's Description

What the "Emergent Church Movement" is all about-and why it matters to the future of Christianity

Following on the questions raised by Brian McLaren in A New Kind of Christian, Tony Jones has written an engaging exploration of what this new kind of Christianity looks like. Writing "dispatches" about the thinking and practices of adventurous Emergent Christians across the country, he offers an in-depth view of this new "third way" of faith-its origins, its theology, and its views of truth, scripture and interpretation, and the Emergent movement's hopeful and life-giving sense of community. With the depth of theological expertise and broad perspective he has gained as a pastor, writer, and leader of the movement, Jones initiates readers into the Emergent conversation and offers a new way forward for Christians in a post-Christian world. With journalistic narrative as well as authoritative reflection, he draws upon on-site research to provide fascinating examples and firsthand stories of who is doing what, where, and why it matters.

Author Bio

Tony Jones is the national coordinator of Emergent Village (www.emergentvillage.org), and a doctoral fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life. Jones is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. Tony lives with his wife, Julie, and their three children in Edina, Minnesota.

Publisher's Weekly

Jones (The Sacred Way) provides the single best introduction to the Emergent Church movement, of which he is a prominent leader. The mainline denominations are dying and the hyper-individualism of evangelicalism is unsatisfying, so many young evangelicals, Jones explains, have decided to recreate church for post-modern times. Jones credits Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christian with raising important questions about sounding the Gospel in an era beset by questions about foundationalism, epistemology, and how to read Scripture. He passionately defends the emergent movement from criticism. In particular, critics are wrong to claim that emergents don’t really believe in the Bible; emergents passionately love the Bible, says Jones, but also know that finite human beings cannot definitively articulate truth. The strongest sections put flesh on these theoretical bones by taking readers into actual emergent churches, like Jacob’s Well in Kansas City, Mo., where the pastor draws on Catholic practice, engages the visual arts, and sees the church’s job as assisting people on their “pilgrimage” of faith. Jones’s writing is brisk and conversational, but the book gets poor marks for design. Call-out boxes, pull quotes, and frequent font changes, which might be thought to appeal to a younger audience, in fact make for distracting and disjointed reading. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"This intelligent and informative book is the only insider story from one of the leading lights of the more progressive wing of the emerging movement, the former national coordinator of Emergent Village." -Christianity Today (October 2009)

Jones (The Sacred Way) provides the single best introduction to the Emergent Church movement, of which he is a prominent leader. The mainline denominations are dying, and the hyperindividualism of evangelicalism is unsatisfying, so many young evangelicals, Jones explains, have decided to recreate church for postmodern times. Jones credits Brian McLaren's A New Kind of Christian with raising important questions about sounding the Gospel in an era beset by questions about foundationalism, epistemology and how to read Scripture. He passionately defends the emergent movement from criticism. In particular, critics are wrong to claim that emergents don't really believe in the Bible; emergents passionately love the Bible, says Jones, but also know that finite human beings cannot definitively articulate truth. The strongest sections put flesh on these theoretical bones by taking readers into actual emergent churches, like Jacob's Well in Kansas City, Mo., where the pastor draws on Catholic practice, engages the visual arts and sees the church's job as assisting people on their “pilgrimage” of faith. Jones's writing is brisk and conversational, but the book gets poor marks for design. Call-out boxes, pull quotes and frequent font changes, which might be thought to appeal to a younger audience, in fact make for distracting and disjointed reading. (Mar.) (Publishers Weekly, January 14, 2008)

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    If this is what the emerging church really is then we should all be scared of things to come. The end times are getting closer and closer. I am very afraid for the coming generation with teaching out there like this. Watering down of the truth and and treating Gods word as a story book that has some truth and some fiction. Every christian should read this book for a picture of what is coming and the false teaching coming from the emergent movement.
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