I seek to build a theology of Emergence which gives rise to Liberation, Transformation, and Integration. My theology should speak to, and embody, these notions; every aspect of it resonating from these places. The litmus test of my theology, then, is whether this "rubber" of my theology meets the road of daily living. Can you live it? If not, then it is a vacant theology. Thus my theology, when practiced, should propel life forward, supporting thinking that is ancient-future oriented and always emerging, should bring liberation to any and all who are bound in a multitude of ways, should continually give rise to radical transformation in the lives of both individuals and communities, and should cause integration of cultures, religious traditions, scientific knowledge, ethical and political systems, and practices, while fostering ongoing dialogue at every level.
"ALWAYS THERE IS THE CENTRAL HALLMARK OF COMPLEXITY WHOSE ADVENT IS (OR WAS) SUDDEN, UNPRECEDENTED, AND INEXPLICABLE. ALWAYS THERE IS A COMMUNAL ELEMENT, FOR NEVER IS THERE A HIERARCHY. AUTHORITY OR LEADERSHIP IS NOT FROM THE TOP DOWN BUT RATHER FROM THE BOTTOM UP, OR FROM THE COMPONENT PARTS IN NETWORK WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND/OR VERY OFTEN JUST PLAIN SIDEWAYS. IN EITHER CASE, HORIZONTAL INSTEAD OF VERTICAL IS THE DIRECTION OF ACTIVITY, AND ALWAYS - ALWAYS! - WHAT BECOMES ITS RESULTANT STRUCTURAL COMPLEXITY IS GREATER THAN WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN LOGICALLY PREDICTED FROM THE STRUCTURE AND SUBSTANCE OF THE COMPOSING PARTS."
PHYLLIS TICKLE, EMERGENCE CHRISTIANITY