Emerging Church – Some Leading Voices Opposing the Emerging Church movement
D. A. Carson
Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Highly lauded Evangelical scholar who has written or edited more than 45 books. Author of Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church (probably the best critique available on the movement – done after a great deal of research, it reflects his meticulous and insightful scholarship). Brian McLaren’s response to this book was to say “Don Carson doesn’t understand us.” (If someone of Carson’s ability does not truly understand them after all of his research, one wonders what hope there is for anyone to understand them). (see Carson’s article at http://modernreformation.org/dac05emerging.htm)
R. Scott Smith
Assistant Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics at Biola University. Author of Truth and the New Kind of Christian (excellent book which addresses the philosophical underpinnings of postmodernism and the emerging church).
Conservative Southern Baptist. President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and a member of the board of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. He has written many articles which articulately critique the movement (see, for example, his review of A Generous Orthodoxy at http://albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2005-06-20).
Evangelical author and founder of Prison Fellowship. He has written several articles critical of the movement.
Carl Henry ( Dec. 7, 2003)
Revered Evangelical theologian who served as Senior Research Professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His chapter in The Challenge of Postmodernism offers an especially articulate critique of postmodern thought.
Director of Theology and Executive Editor, Desiring God. Co-editor of and contributor to Reclaiming the Center.
Conservative, somewhat controversial, Reformed theologian and author. (website at http://www.dougwils.com/)
Former pastor and professor of theology at Wheaton college, he founded Enjoying God Ministries (website at http://www.enjoyinggodministries.com/samstorms.asp [see especially his articles on postmodernism under “Miscellaneous Topics” in the “Theological Studies” section; and his favorable, seven part review of D. A. Carson’s Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church in the “Recommendations” section])
J. P. Moreland
Christian apologist, theologian, and philosopher of religion. Dr. Moreland is currently distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University.
Lutheran pastor and author of several books.