Kevin Corcoran Weighs In

Over at Church and Pomo, David Fitch and I posted about Kevin’s book, Church in the Present Tense. I told David to get in line with the others who are disappointed with emergent.  Jason Clark, a friend of mine and a contributor to the book, accused me of not reading the book.  I didn’t deal with Jason’s chapters in my post, since I think Jonny Baker had done a good job of that some time back.

Now, Kevin has responded to David and Jason and me, and it seems that he might agree with me:

Let me turn now to a couple of things Tony says and asks.  First, Tony asks at the end of his review, “Do [the authors of Church in the Present Tense] reject the pastiche aspect of ECM, or are they happy that their tradition gets a hearing.”  I think it should be clear from what I just said above that I do not reject this feature at all, but rather enthusiastically embrace it.  When Tony suggests that lots of people are disappointed with the emerging church, I am inclined to think that while true, it is only true because people are mistaken about what the emerging church is.  If it is recognized that the emerging church is not an entity, not a single, structural community, but rather a hodge-podge of individuals united by a common vision and a set of shared interests, concerns and cultural sensibilities from an array of different traditions and communities, then when the emerging church fails to speak with one voice on some important matter, one won’t be disappointed.  Because once it is recognized what the emerging church is one will not have such expectations.

Kevin also has a fine retort to David Fitch’s concerns, and he also takes blame for the fact that the book is written by white males.  You should read the whole post.

  • http://jasonsmith.wordpress.com jason smith

    Did you see Andrew Perriman’s post yesterday?

    http://www.postost.net/node/479

  • http://www.jasonclark.ws Jason Clark

    Hi Tony,

    I just re-read my comment in your review of the book. I didn’t accuse you of not reading the book? I wanted the opportunity to ask you some questions arising from you review.

    i.e …

    “As one of the authors of CitPT, I’d appreciate some examples from your ‘theological woodshed’, that engage with the issues we raised in the book.

    So as an ‘ecclesiologist’ are you positing that ‘pastiche’ is not jut the theological model for the E/C but the ecclesial model/process too?”

    Cheers, Jason

    • http://tonyj.net Tony Jones

      Yes, Jason, as my new book (released today!) argues, I think that that a relational ecclesiology is the best way forward in a pluralistic world. I am not nearly as church-centric in my ecclesiology as you seem to be. I’ll be interested to hear how your ecclesiology jibes with Pete Ward’s “Liquid Church” ideas in your doctoral program.


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