A video inspired by Tripp Fuller from Homebrewed Christianity, who suggested I give a listen to an episode of The Christian Humanist Podcast about the Emergent Church and the Neo-Calvinists. Well, I gave it a listen, and it was interesting to hear folks from outside the conversation about their sense of Emergent thinking/Church. I especially appreciated that while they were critical here and there, I felt that they generally (with a noted “coolness” exception I address in the video) engaged the material respectfully and in a way that was thought provoking. So much so that three things popped up that seemed like they were work considering:
- To what degree is the “Emergent Church” a movement of actual buildings and congregations? Is it a series of building? Books? People?
- When does inclusivity go so far that it is merely an excuse for wishy-washy theology? Does we have to have a firm theology? Is it possible to live in intellectual limbo or are we fooling ourselves?
- When does the attraction to like-minded folks and engaging dialogue lead to demarcation and exclusivity? Can people be authentic and “cool” at the same time? What is the relationship between the Emergent Church and culture?
These questions are not particularly new to the theological conversation, so don’t expect anything mind-blowing, but they are what is live for me at the moment, so there we go.
I’d be interested in hearing from other folks out there about their responses to the above questions and my responses in the video. I would be especially interested in hearing from people that are not directly involved with the Emergent shebang, so if anyone out there has means of sharing this outside the Emergent blog-o-sphere and can get feedback to share, I would love that.