Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life
Ed Cyzewski. NavPress, $14.99 paper (240p) ISBN 9781600062773 Freelance theologian Cyzewski enters into the Emergent conversation from the conservative end of the evangelical spectrum. He urges readers to explore theology while reassuring them that they donâ€™t have to become postmodern philosophers: theology can be considered, as it were, in the coffeehouse. Arguing that â€œ[o]ur local settings and cultural valuesâ€”in other words, our contextâ€”influence how we read Godâ€™s Word,â€ Cyzewski approaches â€œcontextual theologyâ€ by weaving together discussions of mission, culture, God, Scripture, tradition and the global church. Personal anecdotes of his own growth in faith are disarming in their honesty. While this accessible work is a useful introduction to aspects of Emergent theology, Cyzewskiâ€™s summary of modernism and postmodernism is sometimes too sketchy to be useful; however, each chapter includes valuable suggestions for further reading. Gently nudging his fellow Christians to listen to diverse points of view, Cyzewski doesnâ€™t explain why he is committed to engaging in dialogue with some aspects of culture and not others (say, progressive theologians and secularists). This addition to books about emerging and missional forms of Christianity ends on a hopeful note for unity across denominations. (Sept.)
This book came out today! I will be reviewing in October some time as part of the online ‘tour’… when it arrives in my mailbox that is.
Selling on Amazon, bummer about the exchange rate at the moment.