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Emerging Evangelicals: Faith, Modernity, and the Desire for Authenticity

James S. Bielo


The Emerging Church movement developed in the mid-1990s among primarily white, urban, middle-class pastors and laity who were disenchanted with America's conservative Evangelical sub-culture. It is a response to the increasing divide between conservative Evangelicals and concerned critics who strongly oppose what they consider overly slick, corporate, and consumerist versions of faith. A core feature of their response is a challenge to traditional congregational models, often focusing on new church plants and creating networks of related house churches. Drawing on three years of ethnographic f ... More

Keywords: house churches, Emerging Church, American Evangelicals, Christianity, conservative Evangelicals, American Protestants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814789544
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789544.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James S. Bielo, author