I’m glad I had the chance to read this book, and I continue to look forward to more Emergent books that come out using the collaborative method of writing. I will be blogging through some chapters of An Emergent Manifesto of Hope in the next few weeks – I think you’ll really enjoy this book if you haven’t gotten it already. In fact, as I blog through it, I’ll have 3 giveaway copies, so be looking for that.
Robert Webber, the general editor for Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches ended the book with a summary chapter that had some helpful pointers in it. One thing I found interesting, that I will close this series with, was his comment on seminary education:
“The third matter these five writers have in common is that their backgrounds, and particularly their seminary education, have not prepared them for ministry in a postmodern world. In particular, they share three problems inherent in modern seminary education. The first is the compartmentalization of the seminary curriculum…Second, their seminary education has been strongly analytical and oriented around evidential apologetics, logic and reason…And third, little attempt has been made in seminary to show the relationship between theology and ministry” (197).
Seminarians — what do you think? What about Princeton or Columbia Seminary students? Do you think this is the case with your own seminary education?