Anyone who is conversant with emergent theology will soon discover some similarities with restoration theology. The ideas of restoring Christianity are prevalent within emergent pages. There are some who will advocate that emergent theology is the true expression of restoration thought. Some see this new trend as the biblical fulfillment of the restoration movement. Of course, there are those who reject emergent ideas about restoration of the church as a post-modern error. It seems that there are some similarities between the two thoughts. Both are built on the assumption of “Primitivism”. This is the idea of if you restoration early Christianity than you will have the same results of early Christianity. There will be the same level of dedication and growth. But before I buy into the emergent thought being the true expression of my continued goal of restoration, I believe there needs to be serious discussion on whether emergent thought is truly restoration thought. It is my call for those in the church who are experts in Stone-Campbell theology to test this movement with the voices of the past. I would call on Bobby Valentine or Gary Halloway to respresent one voice and call on Earl Edwards or Ancil Jenkins to represent another voice. Before we reject or accept this movement, we must have some of the best in the church discussing the restoration thought that is presented. I want to hear from the Historical Theologians on this issue.
Also, yesterday I discovered that I was considered in a positive light for my work on this issue in the Gospel Advocate. Here is the link to the discussion. The link is in the comment section.
- Teaching Restoration History
- The Role of Religious Journals in the Restoration Movement
- Read "Disciples and Theology"
- Theology at the Fringes
- Review of “Reconstructing Pastoral Theology”