Not sure if anyone is still out there (given how quiet I've been on this blog recently) but I thought it was worth directing anyone interested to a good paper written by Kevin Ward for the online New Zealand journal 'Stimulus
' entitled It might be emerging, but is it church?
I found it a good well-balanced critique of the emerging church, although I have to admit to not really recognising some of his cited characteristics of the emerging church as being ones I'd really own. Nevertheless, Ward gives a good background to the 'movement', deals extensively with questions of church, culture and contextualisation, and critiques the emerging church (or, at least, his version of it) against the creedal confession of the "one holy, catholic and apostolic church".
You might not agree with all of his arguments or conclusions, but this is definitely (in my humble opinion) one of the better critical engagements with the emerging church.
Download the full paper from the Stimulus website 'here
' (pdf format)
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