OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
Hi Virgil. Like I said, I don’t really know that much about preterism. I visited PP and noticed that the ‘timeline’ seemed to try and frame every biblical prophecy there ever was in the preterist framework (if this is a mistaken perception, please forgive me). Like peter (and andrew to a certain extent), I think that 70AD needs a far greater emphasis than it’s ever had, but like danutz, I think it’s a little careless to try and pinpoint where, when and how each and every prophecy was ‘fulfilled’ (and again, if this is not how you would describe your version of preterism, feel free to ignore my comments). I think I was pointing out that preterism could learn from openness theology, that’s all.
You ask if there are "any non-negotiables, or anything goes?" I ask "why the false dichotomy?" I think many ‘emergents’ might be uncomfortable with ‘non-negotiables’, not because there aren’t central aspects to the faith, but rather because ‘non-negotiable’ is an a priori parameter on the discussion (you may thinking thus far, but no further), and if an emerging theology is truly to emerge, it must give heed to every voice. Does this mean anything goes? No. Much like the software counterpart of OST, open source programs take the best of what is out there, within the parameters set by the programming language. Translated back into theological jargon: we must allow the fundamentals the freedom to prove their fundamentality (in a sense, we have enough faith in the fundamentals to believe that their importance doesn’t always need to be posited ahead of time—perhaps we’re too optimistic?). Blind dogmatism is something to be avoided (though I’m sure you weren’t suggesting we all become ranting extremists).
One last thing… the emerging church isn’t emerging from some primordial soup. For people like myself, to ‘emerge’ means to get beyond mere ‘evangelicalism’. Hence the term post-evangelical (or post-conservative, post-protestant, etc.). And so it must be noted that there will be trends. The EC’s theology emerges out of certain traditions (although some have happily noted that there seem to be positive prospects for a post-conservative post-liberal convergence). Am I making sense?