How wonderful to have Phyllis Tickle walk us through her book, "The Great Emergence" in these videos.
Students can either read her book, or watch these videos, and write a summary/review paper as one of the extra credit options (see syllabus here).
Watching the videos ahead of time, as we will watch them, in class, would be helpful whether or not an extra credit paper is written on them.
NOTE: the content may seem quite academic, and is also approached from a sociological viewpoint. Don't let that get in the way of getting what you can from them, and don't get hung up on details. We will watch and debrief these in class.
Below is the accompanying blurb from the book publisher:
"Rooted in the observation that massive transitions in the church happen about every 500 years, Phyllis Tickle shows readers that we live in such a time right now. She compares the Great Emergence to other "Greats" in the history of Christianity, including the Great Transformation (when God walked among us), the time of Gregory the Great, the Great Schism, and the Great Reformation.
Combining history, a look at the causes of social upheaval, and current events, The Great Emergence shows readers what the Great Emergence in church and culture is, how it came to be, and where it is going. Anyone who is interested in the future of the church in America, no matter what their personal affiliation, will find this book a fascinating exploration." -Baker Books