Two authors, two movements

11 May

The other day I found a link to an article in Christianity Today that features a conversation between two contemporary authors. The article is providing a forum for each of these authors to address each other with observations and questions about each others camps so to speak. The authors are Collin Hansen who authored “Young, Restless, and Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists“, and Tony Jones who wrote “New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier“. The conversation will continue over several days and makes for some interesting reading. The guys are very civil toward each other and bring up some questions that have interested me. Through the discussion I have learned a little more about the emergent church and the logic behind some of their theology or determined lack of it. It is interesting because they each mention the movements virtually being driven in part by discussions in the blogosphere. Imagine that? There are many blogs and bloggers mentioned that we all frequent. Go check it out and use the links provided to view each days discussion.

Emergent’s New Christians and the Young and Restless Reformed


Posted by on May 11, 2008 in emergent, reformed, Theology


4 responses to “Two authors, two movements

  1. Erik

    May 11, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the post and link Barry. I’ve been watching the “Emerging Church Movement” for a few years from a distance and have had some questions/concerns. I’m 32 years old, so alot of my friends have gone this route after growing up in “traditonal” church. My friend recently recommended Collin Hansen’s book and I’m about to begin reading it. So hopefully I’ll gain some good info from it. I know the this link is big time stereotypical, however, it’s hilarious. Here’s to a good, gut laugh: 🙂

  2. barrydean

    May 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the link and the laugh. I don’t care for Guinness but I do like his brother Smithwick’s. Does that make me related to emerging? I may have to light some candles and look inside myself to see.

  3. Erik

    May 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm


    With your comment on “lighting some candles and looking within yourself”, you are certainly sliding down that slippery slope to Emergent land. 🙂

  4. Really Robin

    May 12, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    It’s nice to hear the discussion is being conducted in a civil manner. I get truly discouraged when I read the snarky remarks and criticisms between believers who do not agree on things… not only bad form, but very bad witness!

    I will pop in and look at the conversations. It should be interesting.


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