Resources Evaluating Postmodernism and the Emergent Movement

Carson, D. A. Becoming Conversant with the Emergent Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

Early evaluation of the Emergent Movement by a theologian.

De Young, Kevin and Ted Kluck. Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be). Chicago: Moody Publications, 2008.

Solid work evaluating the views of emergents in the light of biblical Christianity. A good first choice for one seeking to understand emergent thinking.

Erickson, Millard J., Paul Kjoss Helseth, and Justin Taylor, eds. Reclaiming the Center: Confronting Evangelical Accommodation in Postmodern Times. Wheaton: Crossway, 2004.

A careful and scholarly response to the views of Stanley Grenz, Brian McLaren,  Robert Webber and others who consider themselves post-conservatives.

Erickson, Millard J. Truth or Consequences: The Promise & Perils of Postmodernism. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001.

Analysis of the roots and results of postmodernism acknowledging strengths and  exposing logical flaws and suggesting an evangelical response.

Groothuis, Doug. Truth Decay: Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000.

Hard-hitting critique of postmodernism’s view of truth and defense of the correspondence theory of truth. A good first book for one wanting a philosophical and biblical evaluation of postmodernism.

MacArthur, John. The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception. Nashville: Nelson, 2007.

Exposes the pitfalls of postmodern thinking and its harmful effects on today’s church.

Moreland, J. P. “The Challenges of Postmodernism,” Passionate Conviction:  Contemporary Discourses on Christian Apologetics, eds. Paul Copan and William Lane Craig. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2007, 206-210.

Philosophical critique of postmodernism.

Moreland. J. P. “The Postmodern Story,” Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit’s Power. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007, 64-90.

Considers postmodernism in the university, the culture, and the church. Moreland concludes that postmodernism is philosophically flawed, irresponsible to reality,  and harmful to the church.

J. P. Moreland. “Truth, Contemporary Philosophy, and the Postmodern Turn,” Whatever Happened to Truth, ed. Andreas Kostenberger. Wheaton: Crossway, 2005, 75-92. Similar essay– “Postmodernism and Truth,” Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith, eds. Norman L. Geisler and Chad V. Meister. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007, 113-126.

Defends the correspondence theory of truth and identifies five confusions thatplague postmodernism. Moreland concludes that postmodernism is immoral and irresponsible.

Smith, R. Scott. Truth and The New Kind of Christian. Wheaton: Crossway, 2005.

Response to Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christian by a philosopher who    specializes on analyzing postmodernist views on the relationship between           language and the world.

Smith, R. Scott. “Reflections on McLaren and the Emerging Church,” in Passionate Conviction: Contemporary Discourses on Christian Apologetics, ed. Paul Copan and William Lane Craig. Nashville: B & H. Publishing Group, 2007, 227-241.

After writing Truth and The New Kind of Christian Smith had many exchanges    with Brian McLaren and Jamie Smith. In this essay he briefly summarizes his Truth book, reports on the replies from McLaren and J. Smith, and gives his conclusion..

Wells, David F. The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

Upholds historic, classical evangelicalism with a high regard for doctrine. He critiques the marketing, consumerist mentality of much of the modern church. The characterizes the emergents as postmodern, postconservative, and postfoundationalist, embracing a less absolute understanding of the authority of Scripture than historically held.

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