In The New Christians
, Tony Jones explores attributes of the emergent movement. One of the largest components of the movement is its focus on community. People and the cultures we abide in are part of our lives and affect our faith journey. These are not things to be shunned by emergents, but embraced as part of who we are. Two of the aspects of this focus on community include -
- Emergents see God's activity in all aspects of culture and reject the sacred-secular divide.
- Emergents believe that an envelope of friendship and reconciliation must surround all debates about doctrine and dogma.
How do these cultural approaches to faith differ or affirm what you have experienced in the past?
What are the benefits or dangers of placing relationships before dogma?
Do you see these descriptions as helping or hindering "evangelism"?
Labels: Book Discussions, Emerging Church, The New Christians