Tony Jones rejects Augustine, the North African church of the 4th century, the French Church of the 6th century, the entire medieval church, the Protestant Churches, and the Council of Trent (HT: Kevin DeYoung).
Here’s one on which the confessional Protestants and Rome agree: Pelagius’ denial of original sin was heresy. Here’s a brief introduction to Pelagius.
The Emergent movement is just another way in which contemporary evangelicals are rolling back the Reformation to the pre-Reformation church (and beyond). This is what comes of making it up as one goes along. One of the great discoveries that Luther made early in his pilgrimage to the Protestant faith was the re-discovery, which several medieval theologians had already made, that the late Augustine was correct and was Pauline and was Davidic in his doctrine of original sin and its effects. The medieval church generally affirmed Augustine’s doctrine of original sin but downplayed the vitiating effects of the fall. Some, in the late medieval period, came perilously close to teaching what Pelagius had taught. The neo-Augustinians reacted and Luther, as he read through the psalter with Augustine’s commentary nearby, realized that David (and the other psalmists) taught a doctrine of total depravity or inability and what Reformed people call “sovereign grace.” Luther rejected the Franciscan doctrine that “to those who do what lies within them God denies not grace” as a form of Pelagianism (probably better “semi-Pelagianism but the term didn’t exist yet). It was the first and necessary step toward the Reformation solas. It was a necessary pre-condition to the confessional Protestant understanding of sola gratia as unmerited divine favor (and not a sort of quasi-divine medicinal substance with which we are infused and with which we must cooperate unto eventual justification).
The tragedy of the re-emergence of Pelagianism in the Emergent movement is that many will swallow it as the latest, hippest thing, as just another theological soul patch. The neo-Pelagians, who have already demonstrated a moralist streak, will place their unknowing and unwitting and trendy followers under the law in order to achieve the morality they seem to value so highly. Looks like Mike wrote Christless Christianity just in time.