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The major cultural changes in Western societies since the Reformation have created a serious challenge for the Church Modernity in particular has been inhospitable to Christian orthodoxy and many have been tempted to reject classical versions of the faith This has led to a division within churches that Walker and Parry name the third schism a divide between those who embrace what C S Lewis called mere Christianity or deep church and those who do not This book is a call deep church, to remember our future, to make a half turn back to premodernity Not in order to repeat the past but in order to find often forgotten resources for the present Embracing the spirituality of deep church, according to Walker and Parry, is the only way that the church can be true to its calling in the midst of the postmodern world

4 thoughts on “Deep Church Rising: Rediscovering the Roots of Christian Orthodoxy: Recovering The Roots Of Christian Orthodoxy

  1. SENEX SENEX says:

    Needs to be read, especially by those who arrogate to themselves the title evangelical and here I do not include members of the adherents to the Confession of Augsburg Very uplifting, and a good corrective to those who wish to jettison elements of the Faith.

  2. A. Goodliff A. Goodliff says:

    Deep Church Rising is the culmination of Andrew Walker s work It follows on from his earlier work of Telling the Story 1996 and the edited volumes Different Gospels 1993 1988 and Remembering Our Future 2007 Walker with assistance from Robin Parry argues that the future of the church must be a deep one, one that looks to great traditions of the church as part of its history and future They are concerned that there is a Third Schism taking place, one which looks to set separate Christianity from its theological moorings, that casts doubts of the traditional doctrines of the Trinity, incarnation and resurrection In their sights are the likes of Don Cupitt, John Robinson, John Hick, Maurice Wiles and Shelby Spong and the widely read Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, representing in past the wider impact of modernity and postmodernity Walker and Parry claim we have lost, or are in danger of losing, the gospel and the response is therefore a vital recovery which they call Deep Church A Deep Church response they say is in the practice of right belief, right worship, right living sourced in scripture and tradition and made possible through an intentional catechesis.The book has three things to say First it seeks to articulate the dangers the church is facing the privatisation of belief, worship as entertainment, ethics without telos all of which threaten Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxis The faultline on which a possible third schism may occur is precisely a too thin Christianity which has unwittingly wed itself to a consumer age The target in the authors sights are I think both a liberal Christianity, which wants to jettison key doctrines and an evangelical charismatic Christianity that is too dismissive of deep catholic traditions of the church The second is to offer a defence of a catholic Christian rooted in creeds, sacrament, and catechesis The future of the church is one that takes seriously the doctrine of the church as articulated in Nicaea, one that takes seriously the celebration of the eucharist, one that takes seriously the catechesis of Christian faith and practice Walker and Parry argue that where these are marginalised, we have lost the plot, experiencing a gospel amnesia Thirdly it is a clarion call for a church renewed by the past, a church that has the deep resources which shape its worship and mission to enable it both to survive and flourish.The book can be read as an extension of Walker s early forays into deep church or perhaps as a systematic presentation of deep church I think I enjoyed Remembering the Future as a book, within it were some helpful and creative attempts to explore the implications of a deep church theology, but Deep Church Rising offers a coherent description of its message The title is an interesting one, is this a signal to a church that needs to rise from its past or is it a statement that the Deep Church movement that feels too strong a word has legs At one point Paternoster had a book series called Deep Church, commissioned by Parry , but as far as I know it only had three titles The Gospel Driven Church Evangelicals and Tradition and Remembering Our Future Walker was going to contribute a fourth, and Deep Church Rising is probably that book The call for a catholic future for the church is one that has other advocates, for example see the work of James K A Smith and Baptists Steven Harmon and Curtis Freeman, amongst others.The church should be grateful for Walker see forthcoming collection of essays Wisdom in the Spirit in his honour in several ways, this book is one of them and hopefully it will be widely read and find an Amen in those who do.

  3. Joshua Gaunt Joshua Gaunt says:

    A fascinating book looking at changes in culture and the church over the past few centuries, and proposing that we need to look back at church tradition to rediscover a valuable strand.Until recently I would have stayed away from anything with orthodoxy and tradition prominently displayed in description However this book seems to link in to threads put forward in a number of books and articles I ve read recently, and the authors make a powerful case for looking into the roots of the church and not losing something of value.Although I enjoyed reading it the book as quite academic, and I ll need to reread part of fully understand However it is good to be stretched by a book that is obviously well researched, and it is reassuring that there are people who understand, and that their case has strong intellectual foundations Maybe not a book to read as an easy read though, but if you re happy to be stretched then it s worth a read.

  4. R. A. Parry R. A. Parry says:

    Here are the back cover endorsements We don t become either human or holy without the nurture and wisdom of others this book helps us make contact with those others so that we can indeed grow in humanity, sanctity, and discernment as we need to Lord Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge This is a powerful and persuasive call to the churches to ground themselves in the Christian tradition, and retrieve its riches An essential antidote to the shallow theology of technique based approaches to mission Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford This book, written with punctilious scholarship, vast scope, fidelity to history, and, perhaps above all, with great gracefulness, calls the churches to a sober scrutiny of themselves, and, perhaps thence, to fundamental reflection on what the church is I am immensely taken with this book Thomas Howard, author of On Being Catholic and other books This book is essential reading for all who care about the future of the church in the West It represents years of seasoned research it is written in a clean, accessible style and its central claims and insights are exactly on target Read it and be challenged and refreshed in mind and soul William J Abraham, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas Deep Church is a deep book, intrepidly and winsomely demonstrating the ongoing viability of orthodoxy Rodney Clapp, author of Tortured Wonders Christian Spirituality for People, Not Angels and other books Memory can be the life giving path to the future, and in this book the Christian church is encouraged to recover its deep memories, not so that we can look back with nostalgia to a by gone age, but so that we move forward with renewed confidence and depth Jane Williams, Lecturer, St Mellitus College, London