Original Research - Special Collection: The Church in Need of Change (Agency)

The Great Emergence: An exposition

Erna Oliver
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5398 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5398 | © 2019 Erna Oliver | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 January 2019 | Published: 18 July 2019

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Erna Oliver, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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In this review article, the book entitled Emergence Christianity, What it is, Where it is Going, and Why it Matters, written by Phyllis Tickle in 2012, is discussed. The discussion is both informative (as most of the people in South Africa are not much aware of the Emergence movement/s in the West – especially in the United States and Europe) and critical. The publication, being a follow-up of a book she wrote in 2008, refers to the Great Emergence that is almost in full swing all over the Western and Latinised world. According to Tickle, an Emergence happens approximately every 500 years, and this concerns Christianity as well. As the world is in the 500-year slot after the previous Emergence, the so-called fifth Emergence, nicknamed the Great Emergence, is imminent.


Emergence Christianity; Emergent Christianity; Great emergence; Phyllis Tickle; Christianity in the United States; Christianity in South Africa


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