First up, do take the opportunity to check out this week's Christian Carnival up now at A True Believer's Blog. This is Ken's first time as a Christian Carnival host and he did a really great job.
Today, I want to continue the discussion about emergent. Lately, I've read some really good descriptions of what makes it tick. Here's an excerpt from emergent villager Doug Pagitt from his book, A Christianity Worth Believing,
"Jesus was not sent as the selected one to appease the anger of the Greek blood god. Jesus was sent to fulfill the promise of the Hebrew love God by ending human hostility. It was not the anger of God that Jesus came to end but the anger of people. This world God created is one of peace and harmony and integration. Through Jesus, all humanity is brought into that world. And that is the point of the resurrection.
The story of Jesus Christ, of Joshua the Messiah, is about the healing of all creation. This was God’s promise from the start–that people would be God’s partners in the world… The Christian faith finds its center in the story of Jesus not because this is where the problem of God’s anger is solved. Jesus is the core of Christianity because it is through Jesus that we see the fullness of God’s hopes for the world. (194, 195)"
This is a good illustration about what I've been telling you for months now. That is, the emergent villagers (most of them, not all) are mounting an attack on the concept of substitutionary atonement. By the way, does this remind you of an era in our history? Like the hippie era? "Love, Joy, Peace," perhaps?" Maybe it's because IMO and in the opinion of a few others I've read, the emergent "conversation" is bringing the '60's into the church. Actually I'm amazed that the 60's didn't come flooding in sooner, but somehow the church has held it off--that is, until recently. I'm wondering if that is because now the Baby Boomers are getting into leadership positions. And that is fine, except, our churches, while keeping the '60's out, didn't quite get the "'60's mentality" out of many Boomers. Now these are in leadership and they bring in their 1960's values as well as their "clown youth group" training.
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