The Great Emergence; how Christianity is Changing and Why (270.8 T), Phyllis Tickle, long an astute observer of religion, examines a once-every-500-years trend within Christianity she calls “the great emergence,” in which a new and ―more vital‖ form of the religion emerges. She believes such a develop-ment is happening now. To make her case, she examines the complex history of Christianity from Copernicus’ heretical idea that the earth circled the sun to the sixteenth-century reformation, to the effect on religion of great nineteenth- and twentieth-century cultural and social upheavals. She persuasively charts the character of and possibilities for the emerging church, describing a vision of an exciting future.

Carol Jensen, Church Librarian