Phyllis Tickle defines the emerging church as the conversation at the centre of the quadrants of Christianity. But is the conservative quadrant welcome in the conversation?
This will shock many to hear, but in the early years of the emerging movement – at least its organized forms – Mark Driscoll was a key member. In a fairly sudden twist, he declared the emerging movement heretical and has consistently condemned anyone and everyone even loosely tied to the label since. In many ways, he is now known as the anti-emerging, conservative Reformed spokesperson. Most have bought into the idea that conservative evangelical and Reformed theology is inherently opposed to emerging theology and vice versa.
On the other hand, last week I had dinner with my wife’s cousin and her husband. Like me, he is a Christian and enjoys a good theological discussion. Unlike me are a lot of aspects of his theology, most of them going back to the idea of justice: the legal framework for salvation, evangelism being about keeping people out of Hell, God being bound by retributive justice, etc. No, he didn’t change my mind on anything and I doubt I changed his mind on anything, but I don’t think that was really the primary point.