By Chaplain Mike
Here at IM, we recently noted that Scot McKnight joined a conversation at Patheos on “The Future of Evangelicalism” with his article “The Old Coalition Is Passing.”
In his article, Scot observes that the old coalition of evangelicalism has become fragmented into “alternatives and elements” rather than an identifiable coalition. In particular, there are three movements within evangelical faith and practice that have grown into prominent streams:
…first, the ancient-future movement spearheaded by Robert Webber; second, the emergent/emerging movement spearheaded by young thinkers and leaders like Brian McLaren who knew that fundamentalism and the neo-evangelical coalition weren’t listening to the youth culture; and third, the revival of Calvinism among the NeoReformed, spearheaded — almost singlehandedly, I think — by John Piper and those who flocked to his side. Within this NeoReformed movement is the massive influx of Southern Baptists, who were formerly neither as vocal in their Calvinism nor as concerned with the older neo-evangelical coalition, but who are now undoubtedly a (if not the) major voice in the NeoReformed and fundamentalist awakening among some evangelicals.
These, says McKnight, are not the only alternativesâ€”certain evangelical denominations, prominent megachurches and parachurch ministries maintain positions of influence, for example. However, these three particular movements have attracted a lot of adherents and attention in this post-evangelical era.
Over the next three weeks, we here at IM will devote several posts to each of these three streams running through the post-evangelical wilderness.
We are doing this precisely because we are NOT experts with regard to these movements. We want to learn more. We want to hear your experiences. As pilgrims trying to negotiate the post-evangelical landscape, we are interested to hear of your involvement and interaction with these three groups that have grown so much over the past 10-15 years.
Please join the conversation.