A close friend of mine who once considered himself emergent/emerging but is now a member of a mainline Protestant denomination once told me, “Emerging churches are doing what the mainline church has always done.”
How true. Al Mohler has recently picked up this notion. I appreciate Mohler’s post because he mentions Gary Dorrien’s trilogy on Liberal Protestant Theology, starting here, since I did do a semester long independent study on these texts.
So how about we make a deal, okay?
How about we just admit that sometimes history seems circular, and that evangelicals are playing the role of the early 20th century fundamentalists, ala Mark Noll’s work, and the emerging/emergent church are playing the part of the liberals of that time, okay? Deal? Deal!
Mohler says, “Liberalism just does not work.” And I would add: “Neither does conservativism, for only the Gospel works.”
Now I wonder where I can find a W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington.