My man Zossima over at Forgetting Ourselves has laid out some beautiful thoughts on the relationship between American Evangelicalism and the African-american Church tradition.
His thoughts have helped me realize why I don’t find the recent criticisms of Emergent that amusing. I find myself in a different church/theological orbit than those that lodge conservative theological complaints at Emergent. What I see in Emergent is a willingness to have the kind of dialogue I see taking place with Zossima. However, I do not believe that Zossima identifies with the Emerging church/movement/conversation/etc. but I do see these kinds of discussions taking place in this conversation. Which I find to be quite refreshing. And the more I get into this conversation with Emergent type folks the more I find myself debating epistemology with its detractors. Honestly, I don’t know if that is worth the effort. I find issues of poverty, economic justice, and ‘real’ eschatological issues grabbing my theological palatte. Am I wrong for feeling this way? Someone help a brutha out! Let me know something.