Is the emerging church movement dead?
When the emerging church (EC) movement first caught my attention during seminary, I was impressed with a certain open-mindedness about it. As I learned more about it and about some of the people in this movement, I learned that were not as open-minded as I had initially thought. Some sectors of the EC had moved away from the core doctrines of the faith that I held as being essential to the faith; otherwise, Christianity would no longer be Christianity. The EC projected itself as a movement that was in constant rebellion against traditional Christianity. Almost everything the EC movement said was against the status quo and it identified itself as a new brand of Christianity that was “not like the others”. Although I do not consider myself traditional, I do not dislike tradition because it offers countless benefits for all Christians. My view of the EC movement eventually turned from positive to negative in a short period of time. Since then, I have never paid much further attention to the emerging church movement.
However, to the emerging church movement, I give credit for two main things I admired about it:
- For seeing traditional Christianity from a critical perspective. Much of traditional Christianity fails to see itself from an outsider’s point-of-view.
- For being open to making some positive changes to traditional Christianity.
HT: Out of Ur blog has a positive eulogy on the dead emerging church movement.