July 23, 2007
'Why Al Qaeda Supports the Emergent Church'
Frank Pastore is not being facetious.
From Frank Pastore's latest column:
If those in the emergent "we're-a-missional-not-an-institutional" church had their way, American church buildings would be just like European church buildings ? empty. And the church, the people themselves, would be so intellectually, morally, emotionally, and spiritually lost, confused and uncertain, that they would be incapable of doing hardly anything more than inviting their Muslim oppressors in for a cappuccino and a good conversation about the sociology of knowledge, the absurdity of propositional truth, and the misplaced certitude of the Muslim metanarrative. All the while, no doubt, nodding in agreement that America probably deserved to die and mumbling something about carbon footprints. ... The whole point of terrorism is to destroy the will of the enemy to fight. Whose side are they on, anyway?
I'm no fan of Emergent, but a demagogic, counterfactual column like this sure makes me more friendly toward it. Maybe Pastore, a former major league pitcher, is just mad about Tony Jones's argument that there's no such thing as a strike zone.