I found this excerpt from Brian McLaren’s blog very interesting. In this excerpt, he summarizes the views of various Emergence Christianity speakers, including himself.
McLaren’s blog was posted on 8/11/10. Click here to read McLaren’s blog in its entirety.
Check out this excerpt:
This ethos [of “Big Tent Christianity”] has been emerging from many different quarters … and a lot of us have been describing it from many different angles:
[I have rearranged these names in alphabetical order]
Diana Butler Bass – Christianity for the Rest of Us
Rob Bell [and Don Golden] – Jesus Wants to Save Christians
Philip Clayton – Big Tent Christianity
Harvey Cox – The Future of Faith/Age of the Spirit
Don Golden [and Rob Bell] – Jesus Wants to Save Christians
Tony Jones – The Next Christianity
yours truly [Brian McLaren] – A New Kind of Christianity
Doug Pagitt – A Christianity Worth Believing
Phyllis Tickle – The Great Emergence
I don’t think this new ethos poses a threat [yes it does] to the established identities I mentioned earlier. People who like those identities will stay there happily [would you blame them? – they change the institutions they’re in, into Emergents and worse]. But for those who don’t and can’t fit there, I think this big tent offers space … a tabernacle for a new journey of faith [yup, a journey into Emergent/Emergence/interfaith apostasy].
McLaren’s list is obviously not complete. There are some big names missing, such as Richard Rohr and Leonard Sweet. I assume McLaren mentions names such as these in his other writings.
I have begun reading more about the false doctrines taught by these various Emergence speakers. Needless to say, they are very ungodly – and I would say many of their doctrinal stances are blaphemous. I cannot believe that anyone with such beliefs would even label themselves “Christian.”
Click here for an excellent critique of Brian McLaren. This is just one of many by Ken Silva.