The intenet monk prophesy

January 29, 2009

Reading internetmonk’s prediction on the evangelical collapse. The analysis (part 1) I think has some very important points, like evangelicalisms mistake to identify themselves with political conservatism, but I always doubt predictions (part 2) about the future of the church, they have a way of being wrong (remember Bonhoeffers prediction about the end of religion?). Also, he didn’t mention anything conserning Islam, which many futurologists believe will have an important role to play in the future, or what about Eastern religions?

Anyhow, he’s thoughts on the emerging church:

I believe the emerging church will largely vanish from the evangelical landscape, becoming part of the small segment of progressive mainline Protestants that remain true to the liberal vision. I expect to continue hearing emerging leaders, seeing emerging conferences and receiving emerging books. I don’t believe this movement, however, is going to have much influence at all within future evangelicalism. What we’ve seen this year with Tony Jones seems to me to be indicative of the direction of the emerging church.

Bill Kinnon thinks he’s correct, and I think I agree. Yet still I choose to identify with this conversation, for now at least. Why? Well, for one, I believe it was Tom Sine who wrote in The New Conspirators that monastic movements has always existed in history, always been a minority, but always had an exceptionally large influence on the world. In the South African conversation I believe that neo-monasticism is part of what we call emerging, and whether it is or isn’t, the hope is always there that you will have minority groups within Christianity that plays an exceptionally large role in history. The emerging conversation has proven to be this over the last 10 years, with really just a few people truly identifying with the conversation, and even less congregations selling out to the conversation, but the conversation has had a truly exceptional influence, has captured the imagination of Christians worldwide, and given hope to many who have lost hope, many who won’t identify themselves as emerging.

Me… well, I’ve never found myself so comfortable in any conversation than in the emerging conversation, especially those parts that talked above average about a way of life, that talked more theology than many would consider to be healthy, that liked the mystics, and practiced a way of life which brought hope to a world, so why leave?


2 Responses to “The intenet monk prophesy”

  1. Steve Says:

    Thanks for the link to an interesting series of posts.

    I think what he says applies mainly to North America, but it sounds remarkably accurate to me. Much of what he says has already happened in Western Europe.

    I find it interesting that he conflates Evangelicals, Fundamentalists and Charismatic/Pentecostals.

    A couple of years ago I tried to do some research on the demise of the charismatic movement in South Africa. It was strong in the 1970s, but disintegrated in the 1980s. I haven’t got very far with the research, because of the unwillingness of people to talk about it, which is itself quite telling.

    But I suspect that one thing that happened was that American charismatic teachers got influenced by the prosperity gospel and the neocon movement, and became the “religious right”. And South Africa, like other places, was flooded by these visiting teachers, and their audio and videoapes. And those who agreed with it left their denominations and joined neopentecostal megachurches, while those who disagreed with it, suffered from charismatic burnout, and either dropped out of the Christian faith altogether, or lost their charismatic enthusiasm.

  2. Khanya Says:

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