Authentically Emergent: In Search of a Truly Progressive Christianity

Authentically Emergent: In Search of a Truly Progressive Christianity

by R. Scott Smith

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Overview

Are Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, and Rob Bell ""yesterday's news,"" as many evangelicals seem to think?
Truth and the New Kind of Christian (2005) tried to provide a balanced assessment of McLaren's and Jones's views. But, they seem to be right about much more that is affecting evangelicals than was realized then. Also, that book misunderstood one of their core claims: everything is interpretation.
Moreover, their views have developed over the years, e.g., ethically about colonialism, its influences, and how we should live now. They also have advanced several further claims about the gospel and traditional doctrines.
To what extent should Christians embrace their views? Are these the ways to go forward toward a more authentic Christianity, one that is morally better, and a better fit, for our times?
Like Truth, this book gives careful attention to their thought. It also offers its own portrait of major shaping influences on Western, Americanized Christianity. But, there remains a root issue that keeps the Western church, whether progressive emergents or evangelicals, in its ""Babylonian captivity."" It is liberation from that root that will lead to an authentically emergent Christianity.

""R. Scott Smith is one of the leading thinkers in Christian circles on the emergent church movement and a biblical assessment of it. His evaluation, rooted in solid theology and philosophical rigor, offers a positive contribution to the discussion.""
--Barry H. Corey, President of Biola University and author of Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue

R. Scott Smith is Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics at Biola University's MA in Christian Apologetics program. He is the author of Truth and the New Kind of Christian (2005), Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality (2012), and In Search of Moral Knowledge (2014).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532640391
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/08/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

R. Scott Smith is Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics at Biola University's MA in Christian Apologetics program. He is the author of Truth and the New Kind of Christian (2005), Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality (2012), and In Search of Moral Knowledge (2014).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables viii

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 The Development of Emergents' Thought 11

2 Another Story: The Shaping of Western, American Evangelical Christianity 59

3 Some Key Contributions by Emergents 91

4 Assessment of the Emergents' Thought, Part 1 103

5 Assessment of the Emergents' Thought, Part 2 124

6 A Faithful Way Forward 180

Bibliography 203

Index 211

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