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    The "Emergent Church" -- What exactly is it?

    I heard this term a whole lot over the past 10-15 years, but not so much lately. Was this a fad? Anybody here been a part of the "Emergent Church"?

    What exactly is it, and does it mean anything to Christianity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I heard this term a whole lot over the past 10-15 years, but not so much lately. Was this a fad? Anybody here been a part of the "Emergent Church"?

    What exactly is it, and does it mean anything to Christianity?
    I've not been a part of one of them. From what I've read, it seems to be an effort to make Christianity relevent to society. Given the scope and number of churches and leaders, I'm not sure how well it could be summarized. One of the few common points that seem to be there is a deemphasis on doctrine.

    My personal vote: I'll go with a fad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
    I've not been a part of one of them. From what I've read, it seems to be an effort to make Christianity relevent to society. Given the scope and number of churches and leaders, I'm not sure how well it could be summarized. One of the few common points that seem to be there is a deemphasis on doctrine.

    My personal vote: I'll go with a fad.

    Perhaps one could also say a balancing of doctrine with "right living"?
    (right living. = how a person lives is more important than what he or she believes. orthopraxy that flows from orthodoxy)

    fad or not, it would be great if more people paid attention to creating a better world.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by siam View Post
    Perhaps one could also say a balancing of doctrine with "right living"?
    (right living. = how a person lives is more important than what he or she believes. orthopraxy that flows from orthodoxy)

    fad or not, it would be great if more people paid attention to creating a better world.......
    I was trying to avoid this but deemphasizing doctrine can mean changing it. Rob Bell is I belive considered one of the "founders" of the Emergent church group.

    By fad, I think I mean the Emergent group will make the same discovery that Willow Creek did a few years ago. They'll find they have a great way to get people in the door and are lousy at building mature Christians.

    I agree it would be great if people would work to make a better world. I'm not holding my breath that its going to be happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I heard this term a whole lot over the past 10-15 years, but not so much lately. Was this a fad? Anybody here been a part of the "Emergent Church"? What exactly is it, and does it mean anything to Christianity?
    It's a new, postmodern generation of liberals, carving a distinct identity out of the evangelical church which they are in the process of rejecting. If you're looking for some reading material, start here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Conve.../dp/0310259479

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    Thanks, RB

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    A small note to the mods, siam is Muslim.

    Siam, the guideline for this section indicates this is for Christians only to post in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pentecost View Post
    A small note to the mods, siam is Muslim.

    Siam, the guideline for this section indicates this is for Christians only to post in.
    Good point. It's going to be a lot harder to police that issue with the new forum format.

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    We are working at getting faith designations back in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    We are working at getting faith designations back in place.

    This involves nagging Chrs.
    We have them. Chrs just needs to work on getting them display on the profiles.

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