The Emerging Church: Generous Orthodoxy or General Obfuscation?

Richard Mayhue | May 21, 2010

Brian McLaren, though not speaking officially for all who identify with the “emergent movement,” nonetheless has become the most visible and widely-read proponent. Therefore, a review of his signature volume, A Generous Orthodoxy, serves to identify representative features of this recent religious phenomenon. The central question to be addressed must be, “Is it of God or is it of man?” Five significant characteristics of McLaren’s “conversation” lead this reviewer to conclude the latter, not the former. These qualities include: (1) An Eclectic Church; (2) An Ecumenical Church; (3) An Earthbound Church; (4) A Scripture-Doubting Church; and (5) A Resisting-Biblical-Authority Church. Therefore, the Emerging Church Movement should be rejected as another failed attempt (no matter how sincere or learned) to improve on “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

Vol. 17, no. 2 (Fall 2006)

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Mayhue, Richard. "The Emerging Church: Generous Orthodoxy or General Obfuscation?." The Master's Seminary Journal 17, no. 2 (Fall 2006): 191-205.