I stumbled across this very helpful series of eight articles. Following are the links. Note – the author uses the term “Emerging” to cover the Emerging, Emergent and Emergence Church movements. I prefer to use the term Emerging/Emergent/Emergence. The lines between the three movements are becoming more and more blurred – they are virtually inseparable. Still a good rule of thumb would be:
I use the term “Emerging” to describe the Evangelical/New Evangelical wing of Emerging/Emergent/Emergence. Emerging churches still hold to some truly biblical doctrines. However, as more and more extreme Emergent heresies enter a church, the biblical Christians leave. Which leaves only the nonbiblical “Christians”; thus the church becomes truly Emergent.
I use the term “Emergent” to describe the liberal/mainline wing of Emerging/ Emergent/Emergence. Emergent churches no longer hold to biblical doctrines. They are, in essence, nonchristian.
Beyond “Emergent” is the “Emergence” movement, represented by New Ageish speaker Phyllis Tickle among many others.
This is the danger – Emerging, Emergent and Emergence are all three becoming virtually inseparable. Scary!
Now on to the eight-part series of articles. These articles make a good introduction to Emerging/Emergent/Emergence heresies – with one caveat. Most of the footnotes refer to sources around 2005-2007, making the articles out of date. There have been many heretical Emerging/Emergent/Emergence figures crop up and/or grow in popularity since then – Rob Bell for example. In these postmodern youth oriented movements, things have changed very quickly, unfortunately for the worse.
The Emerging Church, Part 1: An Overview, by Scott Diekmann
Introduces the concepts of modernism and postmodernism, and provides a brief description of the Emerging Church using their own words.
The Emerging Church, Part 2: The Bible, One Voice Among Many
Describes the Emerging Church’s rejection of Biblical inspiration and inerrancy in favor of a derivation of “truth” through a cooperative effort of community, story, and Biblical “interpretation.”