Scot McKnight is a professor at North Park University in Chicago who is part of the Emerging movement. In the Russell Moore interview that I referred to in my earlier post, he was referred to as a “moderate” in the movement. He wrote this Christianity Today article to provide a guide to the currents in the movement. He provides a good distinction between the terms Emerging and Emergent:
Emerging is the wider, informal, global, ecclesial (church-centered) focus of the movement, while Emergent is an official organization in the U.S. and the U.K. Emergent Village, the organization, is directed by Tony Jones, a Ph.D. student at Princeton Theological Seminary and a world traveler on behalf of all things both Emergent and emerging.
I referred to the Emerging church in my post yesterday as I knew more about the general movement than the specific Emergent branch.
McKnight’s article is definitely worth a read for those who want to learn more about this movement, and he discusses the criticisms of Emerging ideas as well.