An interesting new book on “Deep Church” just out this month - Deep Church Rising (Paperback –July 1, 2014) by Andrew G. Walker (Author), Robin A. Parry (Contributor). The idea of “deep church” first came to my attention via this collection of essays – Remembering Our Future: Explorations in Deep Church, edited by Andrew Walker and Luke Bretherton.
Deep Church Rising is described in the following way:
“The major cultural changes in Western societies since the Reformation have created a serious challenge for the church. Modernity in particular has been inhospitable to Christian orthodoxy and many have been tempted to reject classical versions of the faith. This has led to a division within churches that Walker and Parry name ''the third schism'' a divide between those who believe and practice the central tenets of Christian tradition and those who do not. The authors have adopted and adapted C. S. Lewis' phrase ''deep church'' to highlight the necessity of remembering our past in order to recover historic Christian orthodoxy. This book is a call to deep church, to remember our future, to make a half-turn back to premodernity; not in order to repeat or relive the past, but in order to draw on its rich yet often-forgotten resources for the here and now.”
And is endorsed by the likes of Rowan Williams and Alistair McGrath.
''We don't become either human or holy without the nurture and wisdom of others; this book helps us make contact with those others so that we can indeed grow in humanity, sanctity, and discernment as we need to.''
Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, and previously Archbishop of Canterbury
''This is a powerful and persuasive call to the churches to ground themselves in the Christian tradition, and retrieve its riches. An essential antidote to the shallow theology of technique-based approaches to mission.''
Alister McGrath, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford.