How to Speak of God (Not)
"With a sensitivity to the Christian tradition and a rich understanding of postmodern thought, Peter Rollins argues that the movement known as 'emerging church' offers a singular, unprecedented message of transformation that has the potential to revolutionize the theological and...
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"With a sensitivity to the Christian tradition and a rich understanding of postmodern thought, Peter Rollins argues that the movement known as 'emerging church' offers a singular, unprecedented message of transformation that has the potential to revolutionize the theological and moral architecture of the Western church." "Keeping this in mind, How (Not) to Speak of God sets out to investigate the theory and praxis of this contemporary expression of faith via an exploration that is firmly anchored in the liturgical practice of the widely acclaimed post-secular project ikon. In so doing, Peter Rollins not only offers a clear analysis of this embryonic movement, but also provides key resources for those actively involved in developing these communities around the world."--BOOK JACKET.
"Church Times" article on Greenbelt 2005 described Peter Rollins as 'holding a seminar spellbound', and Ikon's 'gentle, symbolic, and creative multimedia act of worship' as 'weird but wondrous'. The emerging church is still an embryonic movement, yet it currently faces a serious challenge. How it responds will reveal whether it is little more than the latest re-imagining of the evangelical tradition, designed to address the decline in church attendance, or a radical re-envisaging of faith. Having been born out of a post-modern sensitivity, Peter Rollins believes the emerging church is in a unique place to acknowledge the long forgotten insight that revelation embraces concealment; that our various interpretations of revelation will always be provisional, fragile and fragmentary; that we speak always with wounded words about a wounded Christ. The emerging church thus has the potential to leave aside the security blanket of certainty and recognize that what is important is that we embrace the beloved rather than somehow agree about how we understand this beloved, acknowledging that the God we follow touches us in deeply personal ways that are singular and which cannot be dissected via some universal understanding. "How (not) to Speak of God's" sustained exploration of the theory and praxis of emerging church is firmly anchored in an analysis of twelve Ikon services, on topics such as: 'The Prodigal Father', 'Risk' and 'Advent'.
Peter Rollins (Ph.D., Queen's University, Belfast dealing with post-secular religious theory) is a writer, public speaker, lecturer and co-ordinator of the experimental collective Ikon (www.ikon.org.uk). Together these diverse activities ensure that I have the privilege of engaging in that difficult job of marrying activism with theory, the public square with the academy. He is the author of How (Not) to Speak of God: Marks of the Emerging Church, The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief and The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales.
-Editorial Review- Koorong.