I will be giving a seminar on my latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, in the Religious Studies Research Forum at Queen’s on Thursday 14 May at 4.15 pm in the Newark Room.
The seminar will introduce the main findings and arguments of the book, explaining what Emerging Christianity is, evaluating its significance, and locating its presence within Northern Ireland.
I still have a few copies of the book available for the discount price of £15 (it is £23 on Amazon), so if anyone attending the seminar would like to purchase one please contact me in advance on G.Ganiel@qub.ac.uk.
Gerardo and I have described The Deconstructed Church this way:
The Emerging Church Movement (ECM) is a reform movement within Western Christianity that reacts against its roots in conservative evangelicalism by “de-constructing” contemporary expressions of Christianity. Emerging Christians see themselves as overturning out-dated interpretations of the bible, transforming hierarchical religious institutions, and re-orientating Christianity to step outside the walls of church buildings toward working among and serving others in the “real world.”
Drawing on ethnographic observations from emerging congregations, pub churches, neo-monastic communities, conferences, online networks, in-depth interviews, and congregational surveys in the US, UK, and Ireland, this book provides a comprehensive social scientific analysis of the development and significance of the ECM. Emerging Christians are shaping a distinct religious orientation that encourages individualism, deep relationships with others, new ideas around the nature of truth, doubt, and God, and innovations in preaching, worship, Eucharist, and leadership.
More than other expressions of Christianity, the ECM simultaneously reacts against modernity while drawing on distinctly modern conceptions of self and community to produce a form of religiosity well-suited to our era. The significance of the ECM extends far beyond the individuals and congregations that identify with the movement as the imperatives that drive this movement accentuate what is driving the future of Western Christianity.