In my wanderings on Christian blogs over the past few months or so, I’ve seen the terms “Emergent” and “Emerging Church” pop up more and more often. I’ve kept wondering what exactly that means, and now Michael Patton has finally written a fantastic article on Parchment and Pen defining the Emerging church, and not coincidentally also giving a fantastic definition/synopsis of Evangelical beliefs, Catholic beliefs, and Eastern Orthodox beliefs, as well as of Orthodoxy itself. I can’t recommend enough.

He follows up soon after with an Obituary: The Emerging Church, essentially declaring the movement/set of ideas dead, which I admit I’m quite relieved at as its ideas appear to me to have been quite dangerous, a sort of extreme form of the connection with modern culture which some Christians seek.