Over the past 30 years, this book has been recognized as Webber's seminal work, providing a firm foundation for the ancient-future faith movement. Here is Webber's original clarion call, presented with an extensive forward by David Neff, editor-in-chief of Christianity Today magazine and executive director of the Robert E. Webber Center for an Ancient-Evangelical Future This book will promote new conversations about ancient-future faith and its relationship to modern evangelicalism.
Common Roots turns the searchlight of historic Christianity on twenty-first-century evangelicalism. Originally published in 1978 as a clarion call to all evangelicals, this reprint presents Webbers thoughts to a new generation and includes a foreword by David Neff, the executive director of the center that pays tribute to Webbers work and supports the ancient-future faith movement. Webbers primary concern is to uncover the roots of evangelical Christianity. In so doing, he looks critically at beliefs and practices of contemporary evangelicalism that are out of harmony with historic Christianity. Webber argues that examining the era of the early church (A.D. 100500), and particularly the second century, offers insights that evangelicals need to recover for worship, theology, mission, and spirituality. Chapters highlight a problem, investigate the belief and practice of the early church, and suggest an agenda for evangelical Christianity. Common Roots is required reading for anyone interested in the ancient-future faith movement, the writings and thought of Robert Webber, or evangelicalisms relationship to history.
Robert Webber (1933 - 2007) was the William R. and Geraldyn B. Myers professor of ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and professor of theology emeritus at Wheaton College. A theologian known for his work on worship and the early church, Webber was founder and president of the Institute for Worship Studies, Orange Park, Florida.