Posted by: jadanzzy | May 1, 2008

They’re all still heretics, right?

For you readers who think that those a part of the Emergent conversation/emerging church are still heretics and heathens, here is a diplomatic response written by Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Spencer Burke, Brian McLaren, Dan Kimball, Andrew Jones, Chris Seay…

Our Response to Critics

Some “highlights”:

…As we have always said, we hope to stimulate constructive conversation, which involves point and counterpoint, honest speaking and open-minded listening…

…We would only ask, if you accept our critics’ evaluation of our work, that in fairness you abstain from adding your critique to theirs unless you have actually read our books, heard us speak, and engaged with us in dialogue for yourself. Second-hand critique can easily become a kind of gossip that drifts from the truth and causes needless division…

…no, we are not moral or epistemological relativists any more than anyone or any community is who takes hermeneutical positions – we believe that radical relativism is absurd and dangerous, as is arrogant absolutism…

…yes, we believe that Jesus is the crucified and risen Savior of the cosmos and no one comes to the Father except through Jesus…

…we will continue to love and respect evangelical Christians whether or not we are accepted by them as evangelicals ourselves…

…if our work has been helpful to you, please join us in seeking to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace by not becoming quarrelsome or defensive or disrespectful to anyone – especially those who you feel have misrepresented or misunderstood you or us…

…With millions suffering from hunger, disease, and injustice around the world, we hope that all of us – including our critics – can renew our commitment to “remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10) rather than invest excessive energy in “controversies about words.”…

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Responses

  1. Of course they are! They’re preaching love and grace, instead of damnation and judgement. Get it right people! Jesus was out to judge the world not save it.
    Have a nice day!


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