Praise for The New Christians
"Jones provides the single best introduction to the Emergent Church Movement."
"Reading these words you feel things bursting back to life inside you. It is some kind of re-enlightenment, an awakening in the most noble and holistic sense of the world, a thing coming to take hold. Tony's writing is generous and clear."
—David Crowder, singer, songwriter, and leader of the David Crowder Band
"The New Christians shows how the influence of Jesus of Nazareth is moving among a new generation hungry for something real and desperate to move beyond simplistic polarities inherited from the past. Tony Jones stands at the crossroads of theology, philosophy, and culture, tackling the issues...with depth, humility, and grace?"
—Jim Wallis, author, God's Politics; president, Sojourners/Call to Renewal
"I devoured this book! Just as A New Kind of Christian gave words to the experiences and thoughts of so many early in this decade, The New Christians provides language, theology, and a nudge toward a path out of our bipolar morass of left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative, mainline vs. evangelical.... Tony's book will provide...new hope for those who cannot (or refuse to) continue trudging numbly along the cattle paths of the American church."
—Mark Oestreicher, president, Youth Specialties
"Every thinking Christian should read this book either for the explication or the explanation. Wise ones will read it for both."
—Phyllis Tickle, compiler, The Divine Hours, and author, The Words of Jesus
Jones (The Sacred Way) provides the single best introduction to the Emergent Church movement, of which he is a prominent leader. The mainline denominations are dying, and the hyperindividualism of evangelicalism is unsatisfying, so many young evangelicals, Jones explains, have decided to recreate church for postmodern times. Jones credits Brian McLaren's A New Kind of Christian with raising important questions about sounding the Gospel in an era beset by questions about foundationalism, epistemology and how to read Scripture. He passionately defends the emergent movement from criticism. In particular, critics are wrong to claim that emergents don't really believe in the Bible; emergents passionately love the Bible, says Jones, but also know that finite human beings cannot definitively articulate truth. The strongest sections put flesh on these theoretical bones by taking readers into actual emergent churches, like Jacob's Well in Kansas City, Mo., where the pastor draws on Catholic practice, engages the visual arts and sees the church's job as assisting people on their "pilgrimage" of faith. Jones's writing is brisk and conversational, but the book gets poor marks for design. Call-out boxes, pull quotes and frequent font changes, which might be thought to appeal to a younger audience, in fact make for distracting and disjointed reading.