By Michael Paul Gama,Gerald L. Sittser
Evangelicalism is achieving an inflection element. The exodus of millennials from Evangelical church buildings and the expansion of these self-identifying as "Nones," as in "None of the Above," for his or her church association, is relating for the movement's future.
Evangelical leaders provide combined responses to this challenge--from circling the wagons to an enthusiastic "Everything needs to change!" posture.
Theosis takes a distinct process. trying to comprehend Evangelicalism and its origins, this publication means that Evangelicalism is healthier understood because the sibling of western, Enlightenment Modernity, which served it good . . . till the fashionable cultural ethos started to shift dramatically towards post-modernity.
In this shift, younger Evangelicals--principally postmoderns themselves--are leaving behind "their father's Evangelicalism" and its perceived linearity, hyper-rationalism, either/or exclusivity, and religion expression, too usually perceived as stripped of poser and wonder.
Theosis proposes that to maneuver ahead, Evangelicalism needs to return to the long run, to re-engage with the patristic knowing of salvation as theosis; deification, or union with God.
This radical return--and broadening of the doctrine of salvation--has all started to achieve traction in Western Christendom, slowly being regarded as it has constantly within the Christian East, as mere Christianity.
"For these looking solutions during this time of societal upheaval, this good written and researched paintings proposes a truly historical doctrine because the key for a renewed engagement of Christianity with American tradition. as well as the fantastic study he provides, Dr. Michael Gama's non secular trip from Evangelical Christianity to Catholic Christianity is as compelling as his Maronite viewpoint is refreshing."
--Anthony Lilles, affiliate Professor; educational Dean, The Avila Institue of non secular Formation; educational Dean, Saint John's Seminary, Camarillo, CA
"Michael has written a wonderful and bold book--part historic narrative, half theological tract, half apologia, half pastoral letter, half prophetic name. . . . I commend this booklet to you, the reader. He invitations us to hitch him on a journey--or extra adequately, a pilgrimage--to discover what has been misplaced to the reminiscence of the church yet are available back. he's a reliable consultant who may also help us do the discovering. i'm person who is able to follow."
--Gerald L. Sittser, Professor of Theology, Whitworth University
"Michael Gama exhibits how American Evangelicalism rose in live performance with Modernist rationalism and is now falling into decline--especially between America's youth--as modernism provides strategy to postmodernism. Interweaving his own tale with cultural background, Gama deals a promising method ahead by means of in retrospect, getting better the insights of the early Church Fathers."
--David C. Downing, writer ofThe such a lot Reluctant Convert: C. S. Lewis's trip to Faith and Into the quarter of Awe
Michael Gama obtained his MDiv from Fuller Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Born and baptized Roman Catholic, and raised in Evangelicalism, he's now a member of the Maronite Catholic Church, an japanese Catholic Church in complete fellowship with Rome. He teaches on the Avila Institute and is a school consultant at George Fox Seminary. He and his spouse reside in Oregon, have 3 youngsters, and 8 grandchildren.