The Becoming of God- A Review

The Becoming of G-d
In church culture these days there is a lot of talk about ‘community,’ but in The Becoming of G-d, Ian Mobsby says we pretty much have missed the boat here in the West. He believes truest community is modeled for us in the interacting relationships we see exhibited in the spirituality of the Trinity.
Reaching back to the fourth century when the Cappadocian church Fathers and Mothers first codified the argument for the Trinitarian nature of God, he shows the relevance of this accepted but largely misunderstood doctrine to our lives today and to the future of the church, especially in the ’emerging’ conversation.
In the confusion of our high speed and technologically advanced twenty first century, it can be difficult to appreciate the place of the Church in contemporary culture. It is into this situation that the Emerging Church steps, exploring new ways of being Christian community. This book explores the implications of the theology behind a number of Emerging and Fresh Expressions of Church.
Trinitarian Ecclesiology is often neglected in the West. An understanding of the triune nature of God is crucial if the Church is to engage with its new context of spiritual tourism. This book explores a phenomenological understanding of the Trinity and the implications for building community in our overly consumptive and individualistic culture. Once we understand the Trinity as an event and as the inspiration for a higher expression of human relationships, Mobsby says, then we are challenged to live this way as ‘human-becomings’. Christians then have a constructive basis for a positive engagement with our world drawing on a deep understanding of the Christian God.
Ian Mobsby is an Anglican priest in London and is a co-founder of Moot, an Anglican emerging church community (http://www.moot.uk.net ). He also is an associate lecturer at St. Paul’s Theological Center in London. He has a website and blog at http://www.ianmosby.net.
There have been some great blog exchanges about this unique book already. Here’s a sampling:
http://kingdomgrace.wordpress.com/2008/11/01/neo-orthodox-ii/
http://thoughtsofresurrection.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/the-becoming-of-g-d/
http://poserorprophet.wordpress.com/2008/09/27/the-emerging-church-listening-in-on-the-conversation-1-of-2/
http://www.shuckandjive.org/2008/08/what-color-is-your-christ.html
And there’s an engaging intro interview with Mobsby here: http://mootuk.podbean.com/2008/07/10/the-becoming-of-g-d-interview-with-ian-mobsby-on-his-new-book/