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Tuesday, November 07, 2006 

Emerging Consensus
Topic: Theology

Recently, Westminster Theological Seminary held the Westminster Emerging Church Forum held by the Student Association. Guest speakers featured Scot McKnight, Michael Horton, John Franke, and other speakers and multimedia features. Here is one student's notes on Horton's lecture, "How Should Reformed Theology Respond to Cultural Challenges in the 21st Century?" Also compelling and interesting was Dr. Ben Inman, RUF campus minister at UNC-Chapel Hill, who has his talk here, "Confession, culture, and mission: why the Westminster Confession is a message that is missionally efficient and sufficient." You can find a variety of links from all the lectures, including links to photo albums from the event, multimedia such as powerpoint presentations, and more, here.

From this low vantage point, it seems that Horton's response is timely and pervasive to the current claims being put forth by the Emerging/-ent crowd. While I still have questions with how he (and a good deal of WSC) understands common grace and culture as Law, it seems that his overwhelming response mutes the postmodern/Emerging/-ent desire that is so often felt by most twentysomethings+. Dr. Inman's post is helpful primarily as a follow-up and exclamation point to what Horton is saying.

I am curious as to how the WTS SA picked the EC representatives. Was Mclaren considered, or has he written himself into a theological corner untenable for people who heard the conference? Its all very interesting.


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Brian,

You missed a good class today (HT). Horton mentioned the forum at Westmintster Philly. He said that he challenged John Franke on some of his scholarship, and Franke ended up conceeding that he had misrepresented certain historical figures because he hadn't actually done the work of reading them. But he said he still probably would not read them, "After all, I can't read EVERYTHING!" O phoo-ey! Besides, when you base part of an argument on bad scholarship, that must necessarily call into question the viability of your conclusions.

Hi,
I was the conference organizer and developer. Yes McLaren was considered and no it wasn't that he had written himself into a corner it was more of a question of putting together Biblical Seminary with Westminster for dialogue; and a question of who could best introduce the topic - we thought McKnight's Future or Fad article and his recent PBS exposure helped settle that question.

I hope these comments help answer your question.
SDG - Anthony Stiff

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