Wednesday, October 27, 2004

From Protestantism, er, Christianity Today
‘Emergent’ churches: starting to rediscover/re-create Catholicism?
Some Evangelicals use a different approach for a visual age and aren't afraid of images and candles any more as the cover picture shows. This has potential as it isn't liberal indifferentism.

We're rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion, as a way of life. Legal metaphors for faith don't deliver a way of life. We grew up in churches where people knew the nine verses why we don't speak in tongues, but had never experienced the overwhelming presence of God.
- Rob Bell

Oh, really? Reminds me of another Evo mass conversion Catholicwards (not how they'd put it) starting about 20 years ago.

From Polanyi and MacIntyre, he concludes that the emerging church must be "monastic" — centered on training disciples who practice, rather than just believe, the faith.

He cites Dallas Willard and Richard Foster, with their emphasis on spiritual disciplines, as key mentors for the emerging church.
Foster's good.

Of course if this doesn't grow roots in Catholic faith and practice it'll end up as embarrassing and dated as the Jesus Movement: 'Hey, brother! Let's rap about Jesus, man.' Yeah. Guh-roovy.

Dog bites man:

Some Episcopalians in good standing practise goddess worship
But of course it's the wimpy kind that’s metaphorical, not believing in an actual goddess, just like a lot of neopaganism is (to quote Recognized Internet Authority™ Stuart Koehl) sanitized of actual beliefs and blood sacrifices - Christianity's morality ('harm no-one') without its theology.

That said, much neopaganism with its art and ritual is lots more interesting than boring liberal mainline Protestantism (or quisling RCs*).

*Whose actual age range is shown in the picture in the centre of the page, not the graphics showing people about 20 years younger, who are really mostly secular with a Christian minority of 'emergent' and other Evangelical Protestants, Roman (Tridentine) Mass-goers and Eastern Orthodox.

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