Emergent is dead. Long live Emergent.
Like me, you may occasionally hear comments like this: “The emerging church is dead, and it had no long-lasting impact.” It’s similar to people telling you that no one is doing postmodern philosophy at universities anymore.
Both are patently false. Things have changed, to be sure. Philosophical and ecclesial fashions change, and others take a run at making headlines. But the excitement building around this week’s Subverting the Norm conference just goes to show that both postmodern philosophy and emergent church still have traction.
Two recently released books show more than anything else that the emerging church movement has an ongoing legacy in today’s church: