Mark Driscoll and the Progressive Double Standard
As I thought a little bit more about the tendency I discussed in my last post, other instances of the progressive double standard came to mind. The most glaring is all the flack Mark Driscoll has taken for pointing out bad theology, particularly at last year’s Convergent Conference (my thoughts here).
It seems that every time he steps out and tries to speak the truth about the poor theology of Emergent leaders, he gets chastised. The sentiment seems to be along these lines: Who are you to say what is good and bad theology? To many this sounds righteously indignant. Unfortunately the people who say it are often doing the same thing themselves.
I keep mentioning McLaren’s new book, but it fits here, too. It seems to be nothing but a treatise on the invalidity of the “conventional” (read traditional or conservative) view of Jesus, and the truth of the “emerging” view. He mocks traditional doctrines and sets them up with language that we can generously call “unfavorable”. He is committing the same social crimes that Driscoll seems to be guilty of. Pagitt is no different.
But Doug and Brian’s behavior will never be acknowledged as akin to Mark’s, because their follower’s believe them to be right, therefore they have the authority to correct and mock other theological positions.