Christianity 2.0 - The Emergence Movement
February 10, 2010 12:09 PM Subscribe
A new view of Christian belief that views the acceptance, environmentalism, social justice and world peace as the embodiment of the Kingdom of God. Emergence in philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. Emergence is central to the theories of integrative levels and of complex systems.(Wikipedia.org)
Emergence as it pertains to Christianity
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Mystery and Humility
- A post modern tendency away from absolutism and toward on going inquiry.
- Open mindedness to dialog with followers of other faiths for the sake of dialog and not evangelism.
- An acceptance of others regardless of differences.
Conversation and Authenticity
- A view that questions and authentic inquiry are as valuable if not more valuable than statements of doctorine.
- A willingness to engage with open dialog about issues, concerns, and concepts not normally looked on favorably by orthodox denominations.
- Looking at sacred texts as one would read any work of literature. (i.e. what is the story line, sub plots, what is the ultimate message)
- An abandonment of argueing for the inerrancy (that there are no mistakes or conflits) of scripture while holding on the the infallability (the truth of the over all message) of it. An an expample of this is an interpretation of the creation story as an allegory and not as a scientific text.
With a focus on peace
, actvisim, and social justice
breaking the mold of the traditional model of Christianity.
Some of the key figures in the movement include:
Brian D. McLaren