The Emerging Church - Truth or Dare Essay

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY THE EMERGING CHURCH: TRUTH OR DARE? A RESEARCH PAPER SUBMITTED TO DR. JAMES WOODDELL IN FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE THEO 510 ONLINE LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY BY MILTON T. MOHR (STUDENT ID#24580889) LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA August 18, 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 The Whos and What of the Emerging Church Movement-------------------------------------3 Six Major Viewpoints of the Emerging Church Movement-------------------------------4-11 1. The Bible----------------------------------------------------------------------------------4 2. Jesus…show more content…
There is no right and wrong; everything is relative: there are no absolutes, everything is relative to the emerging church.[10] The emerging church leaders consider fundamentalist, orthodox church and worship service with hymns as stagnant and failing to interact with and impact the culture. They see to resovle that by shedding themselves of traditionalism (which they see as modernism( and adapt to the culture.[11] Emerging church adherents see a “cultural shift from knowledge to experience. The traditional evangelical view begins with facts which influence belief, which influences behavior, the emerging church begins with experience which influences behavior, which influences belief.[12] Thus the emergent church places a geat “emphasis on truth.[13] The emerging church movement consists of a diverse group of people who identify with Christianity, but who feel that reaching the postmodern world would requires it to radically reshape the chruch’s beliefs and practices to conform to postmodernism.[14] Six Major Viewpoints of the Emerging Church Movement 1. The Bible Emerging church proponents respect the Bible. Brian McLaren writes, “I believe it [the Bible] is a gift from God, inspired by God, to benefit us in the most important way possible:

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