Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to the Emergent
Theological Philosophical Conversation due to an urgent family matter. However, this past weekend I did manage to sit on a lively panel with writer/theologian Leonard Sweet Hosted by New Community Church in Raleigh, NC. My good friend Tripp Fuller invited me up to have a little chat with the chaordic postmodern gadfly.
We had a great time as we covered topics such as technology, church’s role in society and politics, and love or hate it the emerging church. I felt a level of ambivalence regarding this young conversation but it was civil conversation nonetheless. Alot of caricatures and valid concerns. I was glad to sit with folks who had some valid criticism and viscerally held caricatures of Emergent Village.
The highlight of the conversation, for me, was when we got into a brief exchange over his (Sweet’s) disagreement of some of us in Emergent Village whose ‘view’ of Jeus is that of a political revolutionary. He did not like that. Of course I reminded him that to divide politics from religion is a Enlightnement/modernist move. That in pre-modern societies such as the early Christ followers there was no such thing as religion vs. politics. Somehow in the discussion that was lost but we both agreed that the politics of Jesus did not presuppose the modern nation-state. Agreed. There was no such thing as yet. Which, to my mind, does not negate the reality that the gospel is a ‘political’ message because it deal with bodies and neighbors and goods.