Picking up the neo-liberal bait

I am delighted that even in this holiday season when I was fully anticipating somewhat of a lull in blogging the bait is being taken up at least by some. I believe that the recent tragedy has made these issues all the more important. Some of the people who I call neo-liberal probably have a very different explanation for why God allowed the disaster than classical evangelicals would.Parableman has come forwards to identify himself as possibly a neo-liberal and says"As far as I can tell, … [Read more...]

Can anyone explain Tsunamis?

Matthew Kettle poses the question How can religious people explain something like this? which to some degree I anticipated in my posts Jesus' reply to a disaster of his day and Tsunami's and the sovreignty of God- where is God when it hurts?These are very important questions. We could of course quite simply dispense with the idea of a sovereign God altogether and re-make God in our own image as the neo-liberals no doubt would. God would become no longer all-knowing and as surprised by the … [Read more...]

Why "neo-liberal" ?

I thought I would defend my new nickname "neo-liberalism" by looking at the definition of classic "liberalism" from a theological perspective. The concise Oxford Dictionary states theological liberalism is "regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change". Since neo-liberalism indeed does just that but with post-modern thought and does indeed dispense with classical evangelical beliefs then surely this is a good word to coin? Its certainly … [Read more...]

Emergent – surely not all bad?

Whilst it is clear from the UK website that there is a close association with Steve Chalke, recently criticised by the UK Evangelical Alliance, I think it is important not to throw out everything that the "emergent" movement are saying. Tony Campallo in a recent article stated that the movement expresses what I call "progressive evangelicalism. Whilst I might be more happy to describe much of what is being said as neo-liberalism I do think that an important conversation must be had. We cannot … [Read more...]

Truth or neo-liberalism?

I missed this great post over at the Evangelical Outpost. The absense of absolute truths is another post-modern statement that might be appealing to some "neo-liberals".I have been thinking about this a lot lately, and I have come to what some of these Christians might say was a simplistic concusion-Truth matters. End of story.Knowing the truth is more important than anything else- just ask those who wish their loved ones had been able to know the soon to be revealed truth that the … [Read more...]

A neo-liberal TULIP

I recently blogged through the TULIP acronym and decided it was all about Jesus. I was intrested to notice that Brian Maclaren, who could perhaps fit into my new description "neo-liberals" has totally rewritten the TULIP acronym but still wants to call himself (like a possibly neo-liberal correspondent of mine on email) "Reformed". I am increasingly convinced that these guys are more than a little confused. I genuinely hope some theoblogging may make a difference to some of them. … [Read more...]

Tsunami's and the sovreignty of God- where is God when it hurts?

Our holiday's have been interupted by news of one of the world's worst disasters in recent history. Even though the death toll of the recent earthquate and tsunami are continuing to rise the BBC makes it clear that this is far from the worlds worst catastrophe. That epitaph probably goes to the flood of 1887 when about 900,000 people died when China's Yellow River burst its banks. Of course, these days we are all so much more connected to these disasters with internet news, blogs and 24 Hour a … [Read more...]

How do the Neo-liberals explain Nahum 1?

I have coined the phrase neo-liberals as I believe from what I have heard so far that there is a new move to make the church somehow more acceptable to today's culture. To preach what I might call Christianity lite (as in diet Coke). Christianity with certain baggage dumped conveniently by the side of the road. Interestingly the proponents of this neo-liberalism seem to differ on what they plan to dispose of. Wheter it is disposing of a sovereign all-knowing God replacing it with so-called "open … [Read more...]

Surely the neo-liberals can do better than this?

Stuart Murray Williams was a speaker in defence of Steve Chalke before he was censored by the EA. I thought I would read his article and give you the chance to- it is of course only fair having questioned (as has the EA) whether it is possible to take his view of the atonement and still call yourself an evangelical christian.The criticisms Steve Murray levels against classical penal substitutionary theory are all rational arguments rather than biblical expositions.There is always a danger … [Read more...]