Reforming or Conforming? Post-Conservative Evangelicals and the Emerging Church

A really good book came in the mail two days ago. Reforming or Conforming? Post-Conservative Evangelicals and the Emerging Church. I always said that when a book of a decent calibre comes out as a corrective to the emerging church, I would give it some airplay and consideration on the blog. Although I think it misses the mark at many points, its probably a better critique of the emerging church movement [or EmergentVillage, to be precise] than any other I have come across. Its well written, not condescending, not patronizing and it offers some good advice for the wider evangelical church.

And its Sunday today. I have a bit of spare time and it might be a good way to spend it. No promises – I might not finish it today and I might not make it to the best 2 chapters in the book (Johnson and Gleason) but I will give it a shot and will add links below when there is something to post. Feel free to jump in and leave your own comments. Here we go.

Reforming or Conforming? Post-Conservative Evangelicals and the Emerging Church, edited by Gary Johnson and Ronald Gleason.

Introduction by Gary L.W. Johnson.

Chapter 1 – The Doctrine of Scripture: Only a Human Problem, by Paul Wells.

Chapter 2 – Sola Scriptura as an Evangelical Theological Method, by John Bolt

Chapter 3 – No Easy Task: John Franke and the Character of Theology, by Paul Helm

Chapter 4 – Whosoever Will Be Saved: Emerging Church, Meet Christian Dogma, by R. Scott Clark

Chapter 5 – “Right Reason” and Theological Aesthetics at Old Princeton Seminary: The “Mythical Evangelical Magisterium” Reconsidered, by Paul Kjoss Helseth

Chapter 6 – Cornelius Van Til: “Principled” Theologian or Foundationalist? by Jeffrey C. Waddington

Chapter 7 – Church and Community or Community and Church, by Ronald N. Gleason

Chapter 8 – It’s “Wright”, but is it Right? An Assessment and Engagement of an “Emerging” Rereading of the ministry of Jesus, by Guy Prentiss Waters

Chapter 9 – Joyriding on the Downgrade at Breakneck Speed: The Dark Side of Diversity, by Phil Johnson

Chapter 10 – Entrapment: The Emerging Church Conversation and the Cultural Captivity of the Gospel, by Martin Downes

Chapter 11 – Saved from the Wrath of God: An Examination of Brian McLaren’s Approach to the Doctrine of Hell, by Greg D Gilbert

Chapter 12 – The Emergent Church, by Gary Gilley

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


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