Op “Open source Theology” staat een interessante lijst met aandachtspunten voor een Emerging Theology. Bij deze neem ik deze over:
- A theology for a community that is in self-conscious continuity with the biblical people of God and the calling of Abraham to be blessed and be a blessing to the nations of the world.
- A theology done under the lordship of Christ.
- A theology that gives priority to narrative in order both to define its core and to contextualize the content of biblical teaching.
- A theology that seeks to understand the intimate relationship between text and historical narrative.
- A theology that at its heart is a reading of scripture.
- A theology that as a matter of methodological commitment celebrates, reinforces, and exploits community: an emerging theology is strongly relational, conversational, interactive.
- A theology that is strongly aware of, and responsive to, the locality in which these conversations take place.
- A theology that attempts to resist certain distortions of modernism.
- A theology that is broadly but not slavishly postmodern in its epistemology, wary of absolute formulations, tolerant of diversity and plurality, sensitive to the social manipulation of texts.
- A theology that places a high value on intellectual and critical integrity – ‘integrity’ being, I think, the ‘postmodern’ word in that sentence.
- A theology committed to the renewal of its own discourse, understood not only as speech but as the whole spectrum of means (artistic, communal, activist) by which we communicate.
- A theology that fosters an open, inquisitive, probing mindset.
- A theology that endeavours to integrate rather than dissociate modes of thought, analysis, and practice, that draws on the mind of the whole community of faith.
- A generous theology that is inclined to discover meaning and truth outside of itself.
- A theology with an eschatological orientation towards the renewal of creation – humanity within a comprehensive ecology; therefore a public rather than a private theology.