In recent years, the general theology forum has turned into a battlefield rather than a discussion platform where we can actually learn from each other. I don't know what exactly the reason is, but I do know it didn't used to be that way, and I want back what we lost.
Thinking about this, I ran into a definition of "post conservative theology" on Roger E. Olson's blog, that he found in a book by one Steven B. Sherman, entitled Revitalizing Theological Epistemology: Holistic Approaches to the Knowledge of God (Cambridge, UK: James Clarke & Co., 2010).
The author describes a “postconservative evangelical” as follows:
I like it and think this is helpful, because it describes what I'd like to discuss on NazNet, but have no longer been able to due to endless diversions and attacks from views I'm simply not interested in.“Basically, they compose a loose coalition of thinkers who are seeking to facilitate a number of ‘beyond’ moves, theologically: beyond the agenda of the modernist/fundamentalist dichotomy toward what they see as a more holistic theology; beyond classical foundationalist epistemology toward alternative concepts of knowledge; beyond concentration on rationalism toward incorporating additional ways of knowing; beyond inerrancy debates and concerns toward an instrumental use of scripture; beyond academy-centered theologizing toward ecclesial and community-oriented thinking; beyond gatekeeping on boundary-setting doctrinalism toward a generous orthodoxy with pietistic emphasis; and finally, beyond what they view as a fixation on the concerns of modernity often motivated by a fear of liberalism, toward a more positive view and selective appropriation of postmodern insights.” (9-10)
1. I changed "conservative" into "traditional", because I see it both as going beyond conservatism as well as beyond traditional liberalism.
2. The key word in the title of this forum is "post". Exactly because it is post traditional theology, we're not interested to be convinced to return to where we came from. Been there, done that. So if you
- believe that developments in Arminianism after 1609 are bad, or in Wesleyanism after 1791: don't post here.
- don't like new developments in theology: don't post here.
- feel you should defend traditional theology against today's heresies: don't post here.
But if you do want to think "beyond" the above mentioned borders, you are very, very welcome to post here.
I hope this is clear. If not, I'll be happy to explain further.