In Lon's post on "The Great Emergence" by Phyllis Tickle there is disucssion about these pivotal moments every 500 years or so. A wave of culture shifting occurs... even if it takes 150 years to accomplish.
But something I'm wondering in the back of my head is if change occurs faster these days. On NPR's Weekend Edition, May 1, there was a story about how small generations are becoming. It is an interview with Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University, and he talks about how the cultural generation gap has shortened from 25 or so years to only 6-7 years. Now, much of the story has to do with how technology is impacting the learning and relating styles of these youth... and because technology changes so quickly, so does culture. But my question is... if culture is rapidly changing, how will that impact the rate of change of church culture? Can we expect this "great emergence" to happen faster than others? Or is the church a giant slow tortoise? Will we be able to keep up?