Christianity in the West is collapsing. Poet, peacemaker and scholar John Philip Newell believes we can either deny it’s happening, try to shore up the foundations of the old thing, or we can radically reorientate our vision and ask what new thing is trying to be born. So we ask John Philip what this new thing is that is trying to emerge from deep within us and from deep within the collective soul of Christianity.

Image by Tim Nash. Used with permission.

If you want to dig deeper into the issues raised in this episode, then get yourself a copy of The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings. And if that doesn’t quite satisfy, he’s written a while library of books!


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4 comments on “John Philip Newell – The Spirit, the Earth and the Soul (N176)

  1. Just listened to this episode. I’m a big fan of John Philip Newell. I was intrigued by your discussion afterwords as well, especially as you explored the topic of using gender specific pronouns in reference to God. Lauren F. Winner wrote Wearing God without using gender specific pronouns. It’s an incredibly beautiful book, both in writing style and content. You’d mentioned having not seen a book done in such a way – check it out., it’s lovely on so many levels!

    • Thanks Sara. I read Lauren’s Mudhouse Sabbath a while back, but haven’t come across Wearing God. I’ll check it out.


  2. jason Sep 11, 2018

    More Jemima please. She speaks intelligently.

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