What if you’re Wrong? (Changing the Default Setting)

Fred Clark posted on his blog asking “What if I’m wrong about the clobber verses?” He is referring to the point, which he considers a valid one, that he could be wrong. That anyone considers this necessary to point out is itself striking, and says a lot about humanity. There are, alas, people who don’t seem [Read More...]

A Note on the Terminology “Progressive Christian”

I’ve found myself using the the terminology of “progressive Christian” more and more, as a way of indicating where I see myself within the broad spectrum of contemporary Christianity. But a comment seems to be in order. If people who hear the term understand that this is referring to one of the many ways that [Read More...]

#progGod is Live!

Tony Jones shared the announcement that Patheos has created a topic page for the round-up of blog posts offering progressive Christian perspectives on God. My post is featured there. Click through to see who else contributed and what they had to say. [Read more...]

The Distinctive Characteristic of Liberal Christians?

A recent comment got me thinking about what it means to be a progressive or liberal Christian, and in what ways it is fundamentally different than being a conservative. I am not sure whether there is in fact more or less diversity among liberals than conservatives as far as beliefs and practices – I would [Read More...]

A Substantive Post About God

Tony Jones offered a much-needed challenge to progressive theobloggers. We liberals and progressives often spend more time indicating what we don’t think about God (or Jesus, or Christianity, or whatever else) than what we do think, and this is probably more true when it comes to God than in any other case. There is a theological precedent for [Read More...]

Progressive Christians

The above poster offers one definition of progressive Christianity. Is it yours? What do you think of the eight points listed? [Read more...]

Cut-and-Paste Bible

Several people shared the above spoof advertisement on Facebook. I know that some conservative Christians will view the above as a jibe at liberals, whom they accuse of picking and choosing. But in my experience, liberals like myself are at least aware of what is in the Bible, warts and all, and for that very [Read More...]

Are Church and Society Collapsing Together?

On Facebook, I had my attention drawn to an interesting article by Margaret Wente about the decline of the liberal church, focusing on the United Church of Canada. It is an interesting article, but it deserves to be read carefully, since it acknowledges that pretty much the only churches not in decline are connected with [Read More...]

“Folks Haven’t Been Reading Their Bibles” – Barack Obama on Religion and Public Policy

  Someone made the above quote from then senator Barack Obama into a poster. It illustrates what those who are intimately acquainted with the Bible and its interpretation see clearly, but religious fundamentalists less familiar with their own Scriptures often miss, namely that it is not at all straightforward to derive a clear set of [Read More...]

If the Church Were Christian

Philip Gulley's book If The Church Were Christian makes many challenging points. Here are some of them, in Gulley's own words, turned into a poster by one Facebook group and shared with me by another. What do you think of his points?   [Read more...]

Paul’s Inclusive Vision

Since someone made this image and shared it on Facebook, but with the quote attributed to someone else. Since the quote is from me (made in this post), I thought I’d modify it in the hope that eventually one or more with the correct attribution will predominate… [Read more...]


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