July 9, 2005

Jesus said in Matthew 7 that we will recognize them by their fruit, but we’ve had a hard time letting fruit be what we are all about. The emerging movement has pressed this issue to the fore by being “post” doctrinal statements.I’ve been frustrated by comments but even more by blogsites and websites because it is my inclination (after all I’m an academic theologian) to chase down a theological statement first when I get to the websites of the emergent… Read more

July 8, 2005

In a book dreamed up and edited by Myron Penner, called Christianity and the Postmodern Turn, Kevin Vanhoozer, a friend from my TEDS days and a scholar whose writings I always cherish, has proposed ten theses about postmodernism. (Incidentally, Penner’s focus on postmodernism as a linguistic turn is most helpful.)I shall summarize Kevin’s theses about postmodernity (=pomo):1. Pomo is the condition of being fully aware of one’s situatedness, and hence of one’s contingency and deconstructibility.2. Christians can learn the “criticism… Read more

July 8, 2005

Kim Lawton’s fine work of getting some ideas about the emergent movement can now be read in text form before it shows on TV tomorrow. See here. Read more

July 8, 2005

In this post on “post,” I want to look briefly — that’s what I always say to myself — at the claim by postmodernists that they have surrendered a meta-narrative.A meta-narrative is an all-encompassing explanation of all of life; it is universal; it is objective; it should work for all. Most postmodernists claim modernists operated with such a goal in mind, though I’m not sure there is all that much evidence of such a goal or that all that many… Read more

July 8, 2005

Kim Lawton, of PBS TV, informs me again that their interview about the Emergent movement is a 2-part series that will be aired in various locations and times beginning this weekend. I think the Chicago time is 6am Saturday morning. The second interview will focus on Brian McLaren. Fuller scripts of the interviews will be published on the Ethics in Religion Newsweekly website, where you can find the TV schedule to the left, plug in your zip code and then… Read more

July 7, 2005

Gordon Lynch, in his analytical and easy-to-read study, Losing My Religion? Moving on from Evangelical Faith, makes an observation that I wish to address briefly in this post.First, a brief introduction. Lynch is a former British Evangelical, now professor of practical theology at the University of Birmingham (not Alabama) and author of at least two other books, and After Religion and Understanding Theology and Popular Culture. Losing My Religion? is written in a matter-of-fact tone with fair and sometimes incisive… Read more

July 6, 2005

In this series of blogs on “post,” today’s post concerns what it means for postmoderns to deny certainty. On this topic I am reasonably convinced that those who are criticizing those who are denying certainty are talking right by one another. I’m not sure listening has taken place.It is common for some in the Emergent movement, and a good source for this is Middleton and Walsh, to claim that we can’t have certainty and it is quite common to hear… Read more

July 5, 2005

On our recent trip to Westfield, NY, I saw two wild turkeys, a scarlet tanager, which I hadn’t seen since mid-80s, and what I thought was a Bohemian Waxwing (seemed bigger than our Cedar Waxwings). Lots of hummingbirds, too. Read more

July 5, 2005

Some in the Emerging conversation, and perhaps more than some, would call themselves “post-Evangelical.” This raises a question: In what sense are they “post” Evangelical?I will give four possible meanings, suggest that not all are using the term the same way, and see if maybe we can help shed some light on this issue.By the way, we had one of the “plane trips from the rhetorically functional” place last night. Got to the airport plenty early, got to the gate,… Read more

July 4, 2005

We have been looking at the meaning of “post” in “post”-evangelical, “post”-liberal, “post”-fundamentalism, and the like. Today I want to explore with you the significance of looking at this term “post” in the context of the telos, or goal, of the emerging conversation.In some ways, one would hope that every Christian would have the same ultimate, final goal in mind, but one of the foci of the emerging conversation has been “teleological” thinking. One of its complaints, sometimes not as… Read more

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