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Perhaps Phyllis' idea of the 'great emergence' is best understood as an umbrella term reflecting shifts that are occurring contextually around the globe. I agree with you on the contextual issue and think that it is always too easy to bring everything into a neatly packaged schema--a global meaning consensus would seem to be unlikely, a remnant of a different era and not the shift she is alluding to perhaps? If the shift heralds anything I think it will be particularity over universality--this is the great challenge of the great emergence to traditional faiths like Christianity. I am looking forward to reading more of your comments.

Thanks Barry... Indeed! I don't mean to suggest that Phyllis is suggesting a uniform expression/Story will emerge from "The Great Emergence" in fact I think she makes that clear that that idea is a myth as she goes on to discuss the "Great Reformation" i.e. that contrary to some reformed thought even that shift had a plurality of expression/story (more on that when I post on the second section)... and I too think that this current shift asks questions of hegemony itself and not just who holds the power narrative... but I think it's interesting to hear people say things like "post-modernity is a western phenomena" and I wonder if this is because people are looking at the schema and describing it as the cultural shift itself (not sure if I'm making sense here... I don't have the language!) i.e. this is what the cultural emergence looks like in the west, it doesn't look like that in (for example) the global south and therefore it isn't happening there... I agree that this world view could be a hangover from a modern paradigm (seeing absolutes not contextual expression) but then I also wonder if that is my caricature of western modernity coming into play ;)

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