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Master of Arts in English Composition
This thesis defines the Emergent Church movement and discusses how it is situated among American Evangelical Christendom (A.E.C.). Furthermore, this thesis explores how Emergent Church texts use the rhetoric of conversation to question established biblical foundations. Through conversations the Emergent Church uses discourse that differs from traditional A.E. Christian language. Within these differences postmodern threads emerge. The theoretical framework for this study is Jean-Francois Lyotard's "The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge". Two key authors considered are Rob Bell and Brian McLaren.
Suderman, Frances Marie, "Rewriting Christians: A rhetoric analysis of emergent church texts" (2010). Theses Digitization Project. 3780.