The Emerging Church
A Model for Change and
a Map for Renewal,
By Bruce Sanguin.
205 pages. $24.95 CAD.
Review By Wayne A. Holst
The first is that the author is not afraid to remind his
readers in mainline churches that there is much in their
spiritual heritage needing to be revisited and returned to
prominence in congregational life. Personal transformation
(we used to say ‘conversion’) is one. The power of prayer
is another. In our desire to be relevant we have lost touch
with the spiritual wellsprings that made our congregations
meaningful to many in the past.
people and their communities can change. Our ancestors
understood this and we need to rediscover it too.
The second thing I like is that the author is conversant
in the thought and paradigm understandings of modern
science. This too is something we have been lacking.
Many of us have been educated and live in a world that
is shaped by science, and yet our spiritual awareness is
too-much dependent on outmoded ways of understanding
modern reality. I believe that much of the confusion and
struggle of modern Christians stems from the fact that
that it is natural to believe in God and evolution. He does
this authoritatively and refuses to get us lost in technicalities.
Sanguin builds on the theological ground-work of teachers
like Marcus Borg and Matthew Fox as well as Brian Swimme
and Thomas Berry. He offers us helpful consolidation and
integration of thought.
Hopefully, I have convinced you that this is an important
volume, even though it’s now been out there for two years.
Dr. Wayne Holst teaches religion and culture at the University of Calgary and co-ordinates adult spiritual development at St. David’s United Church in that city.
Colleagues List, Vol. V. No. 35, April 24th , 2010