I'm collecting metaphors.
Despite their (un)popularity among "emerging church" discussions in the blogosphere, Carson and Smith articulate their criticisms with far fewer conflict metaphors, than do other authors. For example, the titles of these evangelical publications, unambiguously calling for a biblical consideration of truth:
Douglas Groothuis’ (2000) Truth Decay: Defending Christianity Against the Challenges of Postmodernism
Art Lindsley’s (2004) True Truth: Defending Absolute Truth in a Relativistic World
John MacArthur’s (2007) The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception
Defense and defending, war and fighting... And this is even before an analysis of the language used inside the covers!
Anyway, I just received the next installment: Roger Oakland (2007) Faith Undone. So far, so good - the title, at least, passes the conflict metaphor test. Although, there are obviously quite a lot of loaded phrases in use here! And I've yet to start turning the pages, of course.
It's published by Lighthouse Trails so I guess I already know the answer to the question posed in their subtitle: the emerging church... a new reformation or an end-time deception
Tellingly, they don't even include a questionmark at the end!!! A grammatical hint at a foregone conclusion, perhaps?