- A reaction against recent evangelicalism – ‘post-evangelical.’
- The Emerging Church is the shift in Christianity catalyzed by the wider cultures’ shift from modernim to post-modernism, “from objectivism to relativism, from certainty to doubt, from singularity to plurality, from Story to stories.”
- It’s gathering momentum, but doesn’t have a strong sense of identity yet. It means different things to different people: do Christians worship differently, commune differently, abandon structure?
- The Emerging Church is suspicious of controlling structures in religious life and thought. (church hierarchy, dominant cultural forms, doctrinal formulations, etc.)
- Emphasis is placed on relational paradigms as the basis for Christian activity, on “inclusivity,” and “liquid” expressions of community.
- Seeks a more holistic spirituality and wider engagement in the public sphere. This means exploring a broader spectrum of Christian traditions, and social activism encompassing more than evangelism.
another take from a blog of someone who's not an evangelical.
Emergent Theology in Pittsburgh
A google on Grand Rapids & Emergent Theology will probably bring you a Christianity Today articleabout Mars Hill. Some others disagree vehemently with calling Mars Hill an emerging church. I tend to agree with them. (That last link has a bizarre Real Conversation about Pudding, just so you know.) A less controversial West Michigan Emerging Theology blog exists, also.