- Series: Faith and Freedom
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802458343
- ISBN-13: 978-0802458346
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be (Faith and Freedom) Paperback – April 1, 2008
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This book is a pleasure to read, not least because it pricks so many pretensions. While it deals with an important subject, it manages to sustain a breezy style that draws you in. The subtitle tells you the stance of the authors: the emerging church movement, which taught an entire generation to rebel, is now old enough to find growing numbers of people learning to rebel against the rebellion.
-D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Why We’re Not Emergent crashes into the emerging conversation in a voice which hears “them” and talks back! This is a book we've been waiting for. With careful observation, faithful handling of Scripture, and an eye for the ironic and absurd, DeYoung and Kluck have given us a feel for what attracts some to emerging churches and thoughts about why that’s sometimes a very bad thing. Buy and read this book. You'll enjoy it. And it could help you and the people you'll tell about it.
-Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
Fifteen years ago in No Place for Truth, David Wells reminded us all that in our time, those who seem most relevant are in fact most irrelevant, and those who seem most irrelevant are in fact most relevant. That, as Gandalf would say, "is a very encouraging thought." Indeed, as I encounter what has been called the "young, Reformed awakening," for every young Christian who is convinced that in order to engage the culture the church must embrace the emergent paradigm of truth and church, there are nineteen who understand (because they really care about what the Bible says) that faithfulness is relevance. DeYoung and Kluck tell you why.
-Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
Two thoughtful young guys with different styles, Kevin DeYoung (the pastor-theologian) and Ted Kluck (the journalist), have teamed up to write Why We’re Not Emergent. The result is a fair-minded, biblically grounded, insightful book. It's clear that DeYoung and Kluck are not motivated by the desire to criticize, but rather by their love of the church as the body of Christ. This is now the first book I’d give someone who asks the question, “What is the emerging church?” Highly recommended!
-Justin Taylor, Project Director, ESV Study Bible; blogger (Between Two Worlds)
From the Back Cover
Here’s the truth—there is truth.
You can be young, passionate about Jesus Christ, surrounded by diversity, engaged in a postmodern world, reared in evangelicalism, and not be an emergent Christian. In fact, I want to argue that it would be better if you weren’t.
The emergent church is asking good questions and dialoguing about good things: community, caring for the poor, loving Jesus. Co-authors Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck care about these same issues. They should be all over this movement.
But they’re not. And here’s why--they do life founded upon orthodox beliefs about God, propositional truths about Jesus, and the authority of Scripture. Many do not.
Why We’re Not Emergent gives both a theological and an on-the-street perspective that helps you examine the emerging church for yourself. Provocative yet playful, this book seeks to show you why being emergent isn’t the only, or even the best, way to be passionate about Jesus Christ.
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Well researched. Not inclined to bash or praise extravagantly, these 2 travel thru the terrain point by point saying what is good and bad about the public statements and writings of the leaders within the Emergent movement.
It is not a heavy theological or philosophical argument filled with terms most people have never heard of, it is like the emergent people themselves, a comfortable conversation that anyone can easily jump into and follow along with.
This is the first and perhaps only book on the movement you need just to get up to speed on what the issues are and why this movement is generating a lot of love and hate. If you want more in depth, I suggest DA Carson's book. If you want less try Brian Broderson's 90 cent article.
I have and like all 3 of these books, I don't get the feeling that any of them are out to bash the movement just give people an understanding of where the movement is right and where it may be going off the rails.
That is a reasonable expectation for any movement that impacts Christianity. Anything that places itself above criticism is suspect and we should always remember Paul's commendation of the Bereans who didn't take Paul's word for it, they studied the Scripture to see if what Paul said was correct.
This book, (and DA Carson's) have a very kind and friendly attitude towards Emergent thought. Even when they disagree it is respectful and grounded in reason which the reader is free to agree or disagree with. The tone is friendly and open.
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