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Title: Derridoxology: The Emerging Church Movement in the United States.
Name(s): Sweatman, Adam K. (Adam Kent), author
Porterfield, Amanda, 1947-, professor directing thesis
Corrigan, John, 1952-, committee member
McVicar, Michael J., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of Religion, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (87 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This paper examines the Emerging Church Movement (ECM), a milieu of progressive evangelical groups focused upon the inclusion of postmodern ideas and concepts into evangelical Christian structures. The argument in this paper is that, as a movement geared towards resistance to evangelicalism, the ECM is in fact working within a tradition of evangelical social organization. In the first section, a historiographic review is conducted, focusing particularly on the way historians have used descriptions of conflict to describe and define evangelicalism in the twentieth century. This reflection identifies previously unmarked connections between progressive evangelical organizations in the 1970s and 1980s with early ECM activities in the 1990s. The second section of the paper offers a formal definition of the ECM, and works to highlight common ECM practices that have emerged as a result of the emphasis upon deconstruction and postmodernity. From this perspective, the ECM is described as a milieu, in the tradition of sociologist Colin Campbell’s “cultic milieu,” on the basis of the presence of mysticism, seekership, and syncretism in ECM practice. The final section of the paper analyzes the ECM in conjunction with broader trends in American culture in the twenty-first century. The effect the events of September 11, 2001 had on American culture are taken into account, and the connection between the growth of the ECM and the condition of being ‘post-9/11’ are considered. Given the ECM’s stance on issues relating to authority, theological rigidity, and the politics of the Religious Right, the ECM, it is argued, was poised to find success, in terms of participation levels, in post-9/11 American culture. In the conclusion, the decline of ECM activity is considered alongside the election of President Obama and the so-called “Rise of the Nones.”
Identifier: FSU_2016SU_Sweatman_fsu_0071N_13339 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Religion in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: April 15, 2016.
Keywords: ECM, Emergent Village, Emerging Church Movement, Evangelicalism, Post-9/11, Progressive Evangelicals
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Amanda Porterfield, Professor Directing Thesis; John Corrigan, Committee Member; Michael McVicar, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Religions -- History
United States -- History
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