Well, this is my story of emergence, or anglimergence as it is. I dove into theology beginning in roughly eighth grade. I was challenged by some calvinists at my (christian) school and so I had to defend what I thought I believed. However, my real developments (so far) came in high school.
Freshman year can be tough, and mine was. My school has quite a diverse body of Christians. This diversity provided constant debate for me, being the fiery adolescent that I was. Between the trinity, the inerrancy of scripture, catholicism, predestination, homosexuality, and a plethora of other issues, it felt like a spiritual/intellectual battleground. By the end of the year, I would call myself a quaker (step 1).
I calmed down quite a bit as a sophomore. Maybe it was because the "heretics", as many deemed them so, had left. But my inner struggle to find truth and faith continued. The world of emerging theology began when a friend of mine lent me "A New Kind of Christian", this led to me purchasing/borrowing a few other Brian McLaren books, as well as Erwin McManus and others. Here I would try and grasp the ideas proposed by the emerging thinkers. I began studying certain theoretical physics ideas, and the summer prior to my junior year, I read a delightful series by Madeleine L'Engle called the Genesis Trilogy. Her struggles became mine, and she helped me through that summer.
My junior year in high school brought about a radical change in my theology. While I continually embraced that which I had already come to know, my hunger for sacraments and liturgy was awakened in Sara Miles' book, Take This Bread. I owe my anglicanization to this book, as it introduced me to an historic church that had been completely unknown to me.
Today, I have aspirations to be an Episcopal Priest, perhaps in an emerging, missional, sacramental context. My theology is still evolving, but I have a cloud of witnesses supporting me. Thanks be to God! I have come far, and stand on the words, ideas, and actions of many great men and women before me.
Any similar experiences?