Category Archives: Emerging Church

The Many Problems with the Emerging Church

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Ironic Faith: Postmodern Theories of Language

McKnight concludes by referring to classic Postmodern arguments about the nature of language – Finally, ironic faith grows out of emergents’ realization that language plays a large role in our faith and our claims to know the truth. Even a … Continue reading

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Ironic Faith: Homosexuality

It’s no surprise that the emerging churches have a special concern for homosexuals. Emergents are not so much pro-gay or pro-lesbian as they are convinced that sexuality is more complex than many acknowledge. They are committed both to the Bible, … Continue reading

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Ironic Faith: Pluralism

McKnight next raises the question of whether Christianity is exclusive – Fifth, public schools drilled the messages of multiculturalism and pluralism into emergents’ heads and hearts, while their churches were teaching them that all those without explicit faith in Christ … Continue reading

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Ironic Faith: The God of the Old Testament

McKnight now delves into even tougher territory – Sixth, emergents sometimes exercise a deconstructive critique of the Bible’s view of God. Sometimes I hear it in ways that are no more interesting that Marcion’s old (and heretical) critique of the … Continue reading

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Ironic Faith: Integrity

Scot McKnight’s fourth point deals with the hypocrisy of much of popular evangelicalism – Fourth, emergents were burned by the lack of integrity among popular evangelical media figures. They watched or heard the stories about Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart … Continue reading

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Ironic Faith: Science

McKnight continues explaining the mindset of the emerging movement: Third, exposure to science in public education, universities, and personal study has led emergents to disown the traditional conclusion that when science and the Bible conflict, science must move aside. Although … Continue reading

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Ironic Faith: Rediscovering the Gospels

McKnight continues his article on “Ironic Faith” by discussing the emerging churches’ attitude toward the Gospels – Second, emergents believe that the gospel they heard as children or were exposed to as teenagers is a caricature of Paul’s teaching — … Continue reading

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Ironic Faith: Introduction and Inerrancy

Well, I just stumbled across another article about the Emerging Church Movement by Scot McKnight, a leading intellectual within that element of the evangelical churches. The article, “Ironic Faith,” recently published in Christianity Today, raises some tough questions. I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Should We Be Emerging? Conclusions

If you really understand the point of the emerging movement, you’d know why it would be so inappropriate for me to try to reach firm conclusions. The emerging churches are all about conversation and discovery — and opposed to declaring … Continue reading

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