There's a lot of narcissism going on with Western Christianity. We are more into navel-gazing theology and self-centered systematics than ever before. We want the Church to be what we want and if we do not find the right shape to fit our individual soul, we'll make it into whatever pleases us or we'll go and start a new one.
Western Christianity is dying on the vine right now and we're scrambling to find the last great hope to make us relevant, effective, and heard. Elsewhere in the world, Christianity is thriving because people know that our faith is really about life and death, not lifestyle and dying traditions.
I've read some of what the Emergent classes are producing and it's mere piffle. It's the same old sixties stuff - the 1860s where Enlightenment and evolutionist enthusiasts tried to tell Victorian society that the Church was dying, soon to be dead and gone.
Wrong! Twenty years later, Revival took place, displacing those who were dead certain that the Church was certainly dead. Millions of people were led back to Christ using the tested and tried ways of testimony, witness, confession, contrition, and born again beliefs.
So, I'm looking forward to the up and coming Post Emergent Church. That's when we'll see real revival and a thirsting for the Word of God. Pluralism, progressivism, and pamperism will give way to prophecy, public testimony, and personal commitment to Christ as the True Savior and Only Lord that people everywhere need.
In the meantime, for those of you quaintly stuck in Emergentism, here's the Eagles singing one of their best songs: There's A New Kid in Town.