What some pastors and theologians don't like about the emerging church
There’s an impressive set of views on the emerging church movement presented as a Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum at www.9marks.org. The contributors were asked, ‘What do you hope will ultimately emerge from the emerging church conversation for evangelicals?’. They are not all quite singing from the same hymn sheet, and there is some recognition that the emerging church has at least a lopsided and temporary contribution to make to current theological debate and missional practice, but they are all broadly critical of the movement, some of them graciously so, some of them scathingly so.
Don Carson’s hope that the emerging church fad would quickly burn out and his call to the church instead to be passionate about the ‘gospel holistically considered’ made me smile. I wonder at what point on his theological journey he started talking about a holistic gospel. I would notch that up as a small victory for the emerging church.
A simple summary of the main criticisms contained in the statements may be helpful: