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Important Players – On the fence: doctrine friendly or unfriendly?

 Leonard Sweet

  • E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew seminary
  • Author of 20 books, 120 scholarly articles
  • Advocate of the attempt to contextualize Christianity into modern American culture
  • Critical of the Emergent Church and the “social gospel.”

 Commenting on New Light in “Quantum Spirituality (1991):”

“A surprisingly central feature of all the world’s religions is the language of light in communicating the divine and symbolizing the union of the human with the divine: Muhammed’s light-filled cave, Moses’ burning bush, Paul’s blinding light, Fox’s “inner light,” Krishna’s Lord of Light, Bohme’s light-filled cobbler shop, Plotinus’ fire experiences, Bodhisattvas with the flow of Kundalini’s fire erupting from their fontanelles, and so on.” (ref)

But from a recent blog posting entitled “A Response to Recent Understandings:”

 “It is doubly ironic that I am under attack for being Emergent or a leader in the “emerging church” movement when I am known in emerging church circles as one of its severest critics. In fact, four years ago Relevant Magazine hosted and published a conversation between Brian McLaren, Tony Jones and myself where my “Include Me Out” critiques of the “emerging church” were aired and discussed, RELEVANT Issue #21 (July/August 2006) In panel discussions I have looked Brian McLaren in the eyes and lamented “The Unbearable Wrongness of Brian.” The gospel is not simply about “principles of justice” but the person of Jesus, the very Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, who came to die for our sins, descended into hell, rose again on the third day, and is now seated with the Father while he lives his resurrection life in and through us by the power of the Spirit.” (ref)

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