Particularly helpful are two lists that Tim Stoner offers. One consists of the Emergent Movement's false antinomies; the other of Emergent's false synonyms.
The Emerging Church’s false antinomies (driving a wedge between concepts that only appear to be opposites):
- The Gospel is about a person, not a message.
- The Gospel is an event to be proclaimed, not a doctrine to be professed.
- The message and its interpretation is fluid, not static and solid.
- The Gospel is about behavior, not belief.
- The Gospel is primal/elemental (ancient), not European/sacramental (antiquated).
- The Bible is a human book, not an utterly unique, divinely inspired revelation from God.
- The church is for the lost, not the found.
- Life is about searching (pioneer), not finding (settler).
- Evangelism is about saving the world, not individual souls.
- The Bible is about stories (indicatives that describe), not prescriptions (imperatives that prescribe).
- God cares about the boardroom, not the bedroom.
- Jesus came to set an example, not appease the wrath of God.
- God is a God of love, not judgment (because He loves He does not hate).
- Those who teach or believe other “stories” need to be respected, not converted.
- We are to love the “world”, not hate it.
- Our posture toward culture is to affirm it, not critique it.
- Anger with abuse.
- Authority with authoritarian.
- Confidence with smug.
- Fundamentals with fundamentalism.
- Judgment with judgmentalism.
- Correction with criticism
- Power with oppression.
- Fervor with fanaticism.
- Militancy with militarism.
- Uncertainty (ambiguity, doubt) with humility.
Long I have contended that few people can make necessary distinctions and do so with proper propotionality. Tim Stoner captures this well in his two lists.
I intend to secure a copy of the book and read it.
I'm sorry that I have been far too busy to keep this blog active for the past two months. I will strive to do better as we begin a new year. Happy New Year!