Almost four decades ago, Richard Quebedeaux’s classic The Young Evangelicals told the story of a new generation of believers. Now, in The Younger Evangelicals, Robert Webber explores how another generation of emerging leaders is bringing sweeping change and renewal to the twenty-first-century evangelical church.
Webber examines the characteristics of these emerging leaders and provides an outlet for their stories. He gives an overview of twentieth-century evangelicalism and examines the differences between “younger,” “traditional” (1950–1975),” and “pragmatic” (1975–2000) attitudes toward faith and church practice.
Thought-provoking and timely, The Younger Evangelicals is a landmark book if you want to prepare for—and respond to—the new evangelical awakening brought on by our changing cultural context.
The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World is perfect for scholars, pastors, students, and laypeople. The Logos edition of this volume is fully searchable, and it connects with the rest of your digital library: Scripture passages link directly to your preferred translation, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources.
If you’re suspicious about new winds blowing across the evangelical coastland, please don’t criticize until you’ve read The Younger Evangelicals. It is by far the most thoughtful description of what’s going on. If you’re not critical but just curious, Webber will give you a thorough immersion into the emerging church. And if you’re ‘younger’ yourself or young at heart, you’ll find Webber giving voice to much that you have felt but couldn’t yet articulate. Webber proves himself a sagely resource for this fresh, fledgling movement in this wise, warm, timely book.
—Brian McLaren, author, speaker, theologian
At a time when many graying prognosticators are bemoaning the state of the church, it is refreshing to read a commentator of Robert Webber’s stature who is optimistic about the future of the evangelical cause. Webber documents the presence of a cadre whom the Holy Spirit is raising up to lead the church in offering a biblically rooted, historically informed, and culturally aware gospel witness. I am personally encouraged by Webber’s findings.
—Stanley J. Grenz (1950–2005), evangelical scholar
The Younger Evangelicals is an eye-popping, brain-bending look at where the evangelical church must head if it has any hopes of impacting postmodern culture. A superbly researched, foundational work, it is easily the best primer on the emerging church that I have seen.
—Sally Morgenthaler, author, Worship Evangelism
Robert Webber (1933–2007) received his bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, his divinity degree from the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, his master’s in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary, and his doctorate in theology from Concordia Theological Seminary. He was the Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He served as the president of the Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida. Webber’s many books include Ancient-Future Faith, Ancient-Future Time, Ancient-Future Worship and Ancient-Future Evangelism.