Fortress Press

The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus

The Underground Church

Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus

Robin Meyers (Author)


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The Underground Church proposes that the faithful recapture the spirit of the early church with its emphasis on what Christians do rather than what they believe. Prominent progressive writer, speaker, and minister Robin Meyers proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was and must be again subversive in the best sense of the word because the gospel taken seriously turns the world upside down. No matter how the church may organize itself or worship, the defining characteristic of the church of the future will be its Jesus-inspired countercultural witness.

Meyers debunks commonly held beliefs about the early church and offers a vision for the future rooted in the past. He proposes that the church of the future must leave doctrinal tribalism behind and seek a unity of mission instead. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says of this volume: "Robin Meyers has spoken truth to power, and the church he loves will never be the same."

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506463377
  • eBook ISBN 9781506463384
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 266
  • Publication Date October 6, 2020


"DANGER: The contents of this book are explosive and could turn the world upside down. About time!"

Bill Moyers

"When was the last time you thought of going to church as dangerous? Once we challenged the status quo; now we mostly defend it. The Underground Church tells the story of how we forgot where we came from and why we must recover our subversive roots. Read it if you dare. Become part of the movement if you are daring."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"The Underground Church invites Christians to encounter a radical Jesus, to practice a subversive way of life, and to move beyond belief to love. This is no longer merely church--rather it is a movement that many are aching to join!"

Diana Butler Bass

"While reading this book, I felt afresh how subversive the Christian way of life should be in relation to today's partisan ideologies and consumerist assumptions. Robin Meyers depicts a subversive, transformative, and hopeful identity for followers of Christ--one that I hope will be increasingly contagious."

Brian McLaren

"This beautifully written manifesto, grounded in the author's deep faith and faithful ministry, is manna for those of us who love what the church is called to be--but who have a lover's quarrel with the way it too often distorts the good news about love, justice, mercy, and care for 'the least of these.' May The Underground Church rise up and flower everywhere!"

Parker J. Palmer