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Not Reformation

Is the Emerging Church attempting to reform the existing church? I was responding to a comment on an emerging church definition that likens it to a new reformation. What I said was . .
" I dont think Reformation describes what we are doing, and the vandalism of the reformation (destroying art and church buildings, etc) is actually the opposite. I feel we are seeking to unite the body of Christ and reconcile it from a fragmented Christianity, not fragment it further by reformation. Our goal is not to reform the church, but to be the church for a very different group of people."

BTW - Orkney Islands, where i live, has 2 churches that survived the Reformation. Now thats "Deconstruction" for ya! One was the St Magnus Cathedral, that must have been too difficult to knock down with sledge hammers, and the other one was St Boniface church that was built in the 8th century or perhaps earlier.. I am not sure why the reformers didn't smash that one. Maybe they were having a bad day? ;-)
Better word than Reformation? I like "Renaissance" since it points to a rediscovery of the past as well as to the fact of a very different present.

Is the Emerging Church attempting to reform the existing church? I was responding to a comment on an emerging church definition that likens it to a new reformation. What I said was . .
" I dont think Reformation describes what we are doing, and the vandalism of the reformation (destroying art and church buildings, etc) is actually the opposite. I feel we are seeking to unite the body of Christ and reconcile it from a fragmented Christianity, not fragment it further by reformation. Our goal is not to reform the church, but to be the church for a very different group of people."

BTW - Orkney Islands, where i live, has 2 churches that survived the Reformation. Now thats "Deconstruction" for ya! One was the St Magnus Cathedral, that must have been too difficult to knock down with sledge hammers, and the other one was St Boniface church that was built in the 8th century or perhaps earlier.. I am not sure why the reformers didn't smash that one. Maybe they were having a bad day? ;-)

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