Thursday, July 29, 2010

Church in the Inventive Age

I'm very excited about Doug Pagitt's new book, Church in the Inventive Age. Listen to what he has to say about it:

In recent months I've been trying to put my finger on just where the Emerging Church movement really fits on the Conservative/evangelical to liberal/mainline spectrum. I've noticed that in many respects the Emerging church is both mainline and evangelical. They share many of the stylistic and aesthetic elements of the evangelical churches, but into that they seem to take with them a theology and message that is actually quite similar to that of the mainline churches. I've often noticed that in practice my own denomination (the UCC)--a mainline liberal denomination--shares many of the same values and theological perspectives as those of the emerging church folks I know and read (not without some important differences which are worthy of note). But if you were to put them in the same church service, though they might share appreciation for one another's style and aesthetic, there's definitely be differences. The consistencies and inconsistencies with both sides of the spectrum that the emerging church demonstrates makes it a very illusive entity when it comes to drawing clear distinctions and categorical definitions.

That's why I'm excited for Pagitt's new book. As a definite insider of the emergent movement, he seems to have noticed the same consistencies and inconsistencies that I have noticed, put some thought to it, and has now formulated something of a clarifying response. This book has the potential of being extremely helpful and even vital to the discussion surrounding the movement.

P.S. I think it's worth mentioning that this marks my 1,000th post on this blog. That's a bunch of words... feel like I should throw a party... but I won't.

4 comments:

Simon said...

Hey Wes, I realise that I've only been around for the last 40-50 posts or so, but well done for reaching 1000. I love your persistence and consistency. Cheers.

WES ELLIS said...

Simon,
Thanks. I do try to stay consistent. Thanks for reading!
-Wes

WES ELLIS said...

Hey Simon,
Are you a blogger, yourself? I'd like to read! If not, you should start a blog!

Simon said...

Hey mate, I used to a couple of years ago but unlike you, my consistency sucks!!! Plus, even though I have lots of (seemingly revolutionary) thoughts in my head - I have always struggled to get those onto paper (or screen) in a sufficient way. I may start again one day, but between my ministry, my study and the wife and our 4 kids, it's gonna have to wait for a bit!!! Thanks for the encouragement though. Cheers.