I have been surfing through the blogworld and have seen alot of criticism of the Emerging Church/movement/discussion/conversation. What trips me out is that most of the stringent voices criticizing Emergent are not in my church orbit. I know there are premier conservative Evangelical voices that have some strong things to say about Emergent. And I can actually appreciate them. The issue I have though is that when I get into discussion about Emergent especially those that criticize it I cannot help remind some of these people that they don’t speak for “Christianity”. I find myself reminding them that you are one voice in a 2,000 year conversation. And that this conversation called Christianity has been around longer than the Protestant Reformation. And what I see in alot of criticism is Martin Luther-ish and John Calvin-ish interpretations of Christianity as the grid through which Emergent is being criticized. This is not to say that these grids have no truth to them its just that I see in Emergent a conversation that extends beyond Reformation theology. While I have mad respect for a D.A. Carson and a Norman Geisler…they don’t speak to me. They typically speak to a particular arm of the Protestant Evangelical church. But I will be reading them nonetheless.