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The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity

Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel


The Emerging Church Movement (ECM) is a creative, entrepreneurial, religious movement that strives to achieve social legitimacy and spiritual vitality by actively disassociating from its roots in conservative, evangelical Christianity and “deconstructing” contemporary expressions of Christianity. Emerging Christians see themselves as overturning outdated interpretations of the bible, transforming hierarchical religious institutions, and reorientating Christianity outside the walls of church buildings toward working among and serving others in the “real world.” Drawing on ethnographic observati ... More

Keywords: Emerging Church Movement (ECM), Christianity, church, congregation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199959884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199959884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerardo Marti, author
Davidson College

Gladys Ganiel, author
Trinity College Dublin at Belfast