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The New Christians by Tony Jones, and Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears.

Vintage and New serve as not-so-subtle handles for understanding the core differences between Mark Driscoll and his Acts 29 network and Tony Jones and the Emergent Village network.

In his book, Jones focuses on celebrating and publicizing Emergent and giving readers access to what is really going on inside the emerging church movement, which he characterizes as a third way for Christianity—an alternative to the left/right dichotomy he thinks holds the faith captive.

Jones's writing is crisp and engaging. He frames his exploration of the emergent movement around its origins, key players, theology and practice, and the interplay of faith and culture. He also defends the movement from misunderstandings and misrepresentations that he says abound in certain liberal and evangelical circles. When not defending, explaining, or exploring the emergent church, Jones gives passing descriptions of why the efforts of non-emergents (from Rick Warren to Joel Osteen) are out of step or otherwise ...

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