Preaching & The Emerging Church: A Review

The opening of my review here.  Click over to Scot’s site below to read the rest.

Imagine, if you will, that you’re writing your dissertation on left-handed hitters in baseball. The subjects of your study have widely varied approaches to hitting, but they are all among the best in the majors: Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki, David Ortiz, and Josh Hamilton. But here’s the thing: your entire PhD dissertation is based on what they’ve written and said about their own swings. You never once attended a game and watched any of the four sluggers take an at-bat.

That would be a fatal flaw in this hypothetical dissertation, and it is the fatal flaw in John S. Bohannon’s dissertation-cum-book, Preaching & The Emerging Church: An Examination of Four Founding Leaders: Mark Driscoll, Dan Kimball, Brian McLaren, and Doug Pagitt.

via Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Tony Jones | Jesus Creed.

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  • nathan

    read the full review and was laughing out loud at moments…and so much so I woke up my napping kid.

    All I can say is that if that is what passes for PhD work these days, then evangelicals really have not right to get their panties in a twist when the mainstream sniffs at our intellectual cred and “scholarship”.

    That being said, this topic seems more suited for a D.Min….then again, the guy might be posturing with Brother Patterson for a faculty position and heaven knows a seminary chock full of profs who all got their doctorates at said seminary and are largely hired on some jackwagon notion of “Political Conformity = Academic Integrity” is going to be doing wonders for the institutional enshrinement of cultural/social class commitment posing as learned theological rumination.

    phew…got that off my chest.


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  • john o’keefe

    sounds like the screams of the dying industrial church out to shout down the emerging/conceptual church – sad, oh just so sad.

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