“It’s just Schleiermacher with a soul patch.”

Speaking of the theology of the Emergent movement, Dr. Russell Moore of Southern Seminary, said that it is nothing new. “It’s just Schleiermacher with a soul patch.” In other words, it is hipster liberalism. Friedrich Schleiermacher was a liberal German theologian from the nineteenth century.

From the contemporary stream of liberal Christian thought, Rob Bell has released a new book questioning the orthodox understanding of the doctrine of Hell. In an interview with Bell, Newsweek’s Lisa Miller made the statement, “Aren’t you just a mainstream Protestant disguising as an evangelical?” Her insight could not be any more spot on.