February 7, 2004

Far be it from me to disagree with Brian McLaren, but I will take friendly issue with his latest emergent/c newsletter on two notes:

1) He says that, as far as he knows, little or no postmodern theology has been done. In fact, David Tracy at the University of Chicago has been attempting to deal with the postmodern challenge…Stacey Johnson here at Princeton has attempted to reinterpret Barth in light of postmodernism…indeed, in 1985, Johann Baptist Metz published a book entitled The Emergent Church: THE FUTURE OF CHRISTIANITY IN A POSTBOURGEOIS WORLD. In many ways, Tracy’s “revised correlational” method, and Metz’s liberation theology are both postmodern theologies.

2) Ultimately, I don’t think we need to be writing theology in “post-modern-ese.” I think we need to “do” theology that is grounded in praxis and deals with the challenges presented by postmodern theory and the postmodern situation.

More on all of this in future posts…

Other than that, I agree with Brian’s warnings about being careful of this “movement” and of the vanity of trying to start “emerging churches.”

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