The Dominance of the Emergentsia, Revisited

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : February 17, 2006

The other day, my friend Chris blogged about some words he’s coined:

E-mer-gent-si-a 1. an elite group enjoying superior intellectual and
theological status in the emerging church movement. 2. a class among
the emerging church population claiming intellectual dominion over
particular aspects of the movement.

A small conversation has developed over at Chris’ blog (go there and chime in if you want). Go there and read the comments to get filled in.

Here are my questions:

1) Is there an emergentsia? (I’m not looking for rants, but honest "sociologist-like" commentary).

2) What should our response, as folks in the emerging church movement, be? I’m also interested in hearing from the so-called "emergentsia."

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One Response to “The Dominance of the Emergentsia, Revisited”

  1. Sivin on February 19th, 2006 7:50 pm

    let me just say … I like your new blog design. And on a lighter note (after reading your link and the comments which has important observations): what if emergentsia might sound like those engage in the conversation from Asia? (that’s what first came to my mind)

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