I am the product of a sub-emerging evangelical theological conversation which recognizes the validity of both the postmodern and modern ethos.
Go ahead, label me!
But read me first.
Those who are like me find themselves in an ocean of hope and despair holding on to two anchors at once. The modern anchor sinks because of its reliance on absolute certainty in all things. The postmodern anchor sinks because of its lack of certainty about anything. We hope to keep both anchors from setting so that theological progression can continue, all the while trying to keep themselves from going down with either (which is not easy).
You might be a like me if . . .
- You don’t take yourself too seriously.
- You do take Christ very seriously.
- When you are around modernists, you become postmodern.
- When you are around postmodernists, you become modern.
- You love to hate the emerging church.
- You hate to love the emerging church.
- You don’t have everything figured out.
- (But you do have a lot figured out).
- You complain about how much complaining there is in the church.
- You divide with people because they are too divisive.
- Yet you think Calvinism is just a mature spelling for G-O-S-P-E-L.
- You have John Piper, Team Pyro, and Justin Taylor along with Scot Mcknight, Dan Kimball, and AndrewÂ Jones in your RSS feed . . . and you like them all!
- You believe that the essentials of Christianity have to do with the person and work of Jesus Christ.
- You will fight like a dog for non-essentials and your heart rate is not affected.
- You have been though The Theology Program and you survived.
- Your least favorite theological subjects are eschatology (end times) and creation/evolution because everyone thinks they have all the details of the past and future figured out when you cannot even figure out the details of the present
- Oh, and one last thing: You cut your own hair and often have the guard fall off only to discover that you have shaved yourself bald. Yet you stubbornly continue cut your own hair so to your wife’s chagrin.
Score yourself. How many did you identify with?
If you identified with all 17=ontological unity (you are me, I am you)
If you identified with 15 to 17=we were separated at birth
If you identified with 13 to 14=good friends
If you identified with 10 to 12=call me sometime
If you identified with 7 to 9=I will call you sometime
If you identified with 4 to 5=we can just email
If you identified with 1 to 3=but you cannot have my email
If you identified with 0=let’s just have a postmortem relationship, eh?
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