How far does Ancient-Future faith reach???


Ancient-Future Faith Or Do All Roads Lead to Rome is part of a series that you may want to check out. This particular one is an article written by Gary E, Gilley in which he documents where this emergent camp has actually come from and where it is going. He says…

Emergent has largely been a backlash against the seeker-sensitive movement with its slick programs, high-octane entertainment and superficial worship. The postmodern generation wants something more authentic, something with substance, even something that is other-worldly. Where the seeker-sensitive movement attempted to make the church look like the world, emergent youth want a sense of the sacred. Where the seekers wanted to offer everything the world offered in purified form, the emergents want unique experiences the world does not have. Where the seekers repudiated church history and behaved as if the church was born yesterday, the emergents want not only a link to the past but a return to the past. These elements have always been present in emergent but are just now rising to the top of the conversation. It is not enough to complain about the modern church or to brush aside all truth-claims as relative. Roots of some kind must anchor the movement if it is to last. What is it that will give this conversation a fixed point of reference and at the same time launch it into the next stage? It appears to be what some call “ancient-future faith.”

It is clear that this new way of getting to know God is actually an old way. But it pretty much stays away from the earliest Church which is outlined in the New Testament. Contemplatives only go back as far as 2nd century…

It is vital to note that the starting point for A-F is not the apostolic era of the first century, nor the New Testament documents. A-F does not return directly to Scripture for its practices and beliefs; it returns to the ancient stage of the second through seventh centuries. It would be unfair to say that Webber dismisses the Apostolic age altogether, referring to it as “primitive Christianity.” However, to grasp the issues it is necessary to realize that A-F advocates begin from a different point of reference than many evangelicals. They do not argue that their views in the areas of mysticism and ritual are based on New Testament teaching or example, for they cannot. This does not deter them, however, for they are reaching back to what they consider the “rich” traditions and practices developed in the classical stage of church history.

With this topic in mind here are some of the latest posts written by Carla from More Books and Things:

If you want to read the rest of Gilley’s series on the Contemplative/Emergent/Ancient-Future move you can find them HERE and HERE.