Again, we have an example of the watch doggies’ complete inability to understand anyone outside of their own context. First, a quote from McLaren:
â€œI am an atheist when it comes to the view of the chosen few, who judge and condemn all who differ (sic) them.â€
Now, how would you interpret that view? Perhaps that McLaren doesn’t believe in the kind of God that the watch doggies claim is out there? The kind of God that condemns people to hell for not using organs in worship, and who expects his followers to act like complete jerks at all times? Would that seem reasonable? I think so.
Instead this interpretation is offered up:
Presumably he would be referring to those who point to the Scriptures and say, â€œWait a minute, Brian! How can you not believe in hell when Jesus spoke so often of a literal place where the fire is never quenched?â€
What? Talk about a non-sequitur. Where do you get that at all?
Are we even dealing with people who are capable of understanding anyone other than someone who thinks exactly like them? The more I observe them in their natural habitat, the more I doubt it.
More evidence that the watchdoggies have no idea what they’re talking and writing about.
In a small way I do kind of feel sorry for apologists, such as they are, for the Emergent Church when they have to defend Brian McLaren and his deep skybala. For you see, McLaren is beyond question a leading theological Guru in the emerging church, and when he does stuff like youâ€™ll witness below it has just got to be like a living nightmare for guys like Dan Kimball and Erwin McManus. Because you donâ€™t get to go emerging without your McLaren.
Uh…. what? Emerging/emergent Christians aren’t a group rallying around an individual. While McLaren was a big part of bringing emerging/emergent ideas into the mainstream, he’s not the guy who founded it, invented it, or is so fundamental to it that if he calls it quits the whole thing comes down. For those that have been paying attention McLaren has become, really, a marginalized figure, at least compared to what he once was. My feeling is that shortly after A Generous Orthodoxy (coincidently the same time he left his position at Cedar Ridge) he became far more of a figure head than someone who is actually directing and moving the ideas of the emergent/emerging church.
But of course the watchdoggies don’t really understand anything other than themselves, so when they write something incredibly stupid like, “you donâ€™t get to go emerging without your McLaren” we shouldn’t really be surprised.