Join together our nation’s president and our nation’s pastor and you have even some stirring toward a great emergence in the new age.
But what do we do with all the critics?
And what do we do with LDS in the Great Emergence?
In her book, The Great Emergence (BakerBooks, 2008), Phyllis Tickle writes about the critics:
No ship, even a tethered one, can stay safely afloat and in place unless it has some ballast to hold its courses against those of the rocky sea it sits in. Thus, while ballast is neither an attractive word or an appealing concept, it enjoys the countering advantages of inestimable importance and absolute usefulness. In the Great Emergence, reacting Christians are the ballast. However unattractive they may seem to be to other of their fellow Christians and however unattractive nonreacting Christians may seem to be to them, the small, outer percentage is the Great Emergence’s ballast; and its function is as necessary and central to the success of this upheaval as is any other part of it. If the boat is not to tip and swamp, the ballast that forestalls too hasty a set of movements in a stormy sea must be there. One of the great dangers of what North America is going through is that some of her Christians, of whatever stripe, may cease to honor and accept the necessary function of all her Christians (138-139).
(Chuckling) For Phyllis, I am one of those outside ballasts. But here is the problem, I am not even in the same boat.
She also writes about Mormons:
Not included here are two significant bodies–Mormons and Quakers. Mormonism, which is growing rapidly domestically and globally, is arguably the fourth of the great Abrahamic faiths rather than a subset or variant of Christianity and increasingly is so treated by religionists. Accordingly, it is omitted here. The omission of the Quakers is a temporary, narrative convenience rather than an omission as such. We will touch on their considerable contribution to, and unique place in, the Great Emergence in due time (127).
Hold on to your cruise ship seats. It is going to be quite a ride in the days ahead.