In an email exchange, my friend (from a long, long time ago) Todd Littleton said this about emergent embracing us “non-believers”:
There is a real sense that what you propose has already been embraced by Emergence Christianity… The sheer presence of Peter Rollins, among others, serves as a signal many are on this road… He is carving out space where interested people may talk openly about “how” we hold beliefs; that really seems to be one of the keys to Pete’s project…
I do think there needs to be space in Emergence Christianity, which as I noted seems to already exist, as well as Evangelical Christianity – even if the right side of that matrix would protest vehemently.
What do you think? Has this been your experience within emergent/Emergence? Do you think that emergent groups and churches foster and welcome those who cannot affirm many – if not all – of the beliefs that are traditionally understood as essential to Christianity?
Or, do you think that this is a noble ideal, yet to be realized?