If a historical movement can be known by its’ “Prominent Figures” why are many of those listed not really associating themselves with the movement everywhere they go? I think of Stanley Hauerwas. Frankly I am very surprised to learn that he is a “prominent” figure in the movement. What would Lesslie Newbigen think of being an Emergent thinker?
Ok, here’s my really satirical remark (and I’m sure its the most dastardly thing they’ve heard yet:):
When I think of all things Emergent I think of marketing and $$$$. Every website is an invitation to book a speaker or buy a book. What if someone can’t afford either? Do they need a sponsor to be part of the movement?
The weakest thing about the movement is its’ inability to define its’ sense of Place or Home. Where is it calling a Person to?
I’ll never forget a panel discussion in Minneapolis at the Evangelical Press Association wherein I asked an emergent pastor “Who do you read to understand your sense of community?” His reply: “Edward T. Hall, the proximics professor.”
That alone was enough to worry me. I won’t go into the responses on mission to the poor.