I never understood what 'Emergent Christianity' was or even 'Emerging Church'.
But I've just finished reading Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus Borg.
Everyone stop to scream 'Marcus Borg! Heretic!!!!. Thank you. Now we can continue with our regularly scheduled programme...
This book is not actually about 'emerging Christianity' at all but at the end of the book, in the Epilogue, he describes 'emerging Christianity' as have two main tenets: 1) The idea that being a Christian requires action against injustice in the world contra the idea that Christianity is just a private, 'spiritual' affair and; 2) The idea that it's OK to have honest doubts and to express them to God.
Well, heck. I think I'm 'emergent' after all. That seems like standard Christianity to me. OK, I accept that lots of Christian communities still don't make it very easy for people to express honest doubts.
But I'm now suffering from that kind of time-warp where I've apparently become too old to think. I crossed - or am crossing - some sort of barrier where I no longer want to think any more but just accept my faith blindly. Argh! I've been waiting all my life for what's apparently 'the emerging church community' and now I'm too old.
Guess I'll just have to stick to blogging. (Yeah, I know that Bebo and Myspace and Facebook are where it's at but I find Facebook rather unwieldy.)