The Story of Liberals

A recent post on the blog Jesus Creed highlights the need for liberals to tell our own story, and not simply allow caricatures by our opponents to predominate. Liberal Christianity, in a nutshell, is simply one form of Christianity that has existed for as long as Christianity has. It recognizes that the Bible is a [Read More...]

Liberal Christianity in Three Books

Rod Dreher shared a challenge aimed at combating religious illiteracy: offer a list of three books – and no more than three – that will together give an adequate introduction to a particular religion. Other bloggers have already responded. So which would I choose for my own liberal Christian tradition? There is a real sense in [Read More...]

Is Being Right the Point of Christianity?

Yesterday in my Sunday school class, we continued a discussion that started last time, sparked by Hebrews 12, where it depicts God as one who disciplines – or more literally “whips” of “flogs” – his children for their benefit. There was general agreement that, while some ancient people may have viewed misfortunes that came their [Read More...]

Obama’s Faith

Hemant Mehta asked in a recent video whether president Obama is an atheist. TL; DR “No” I appreciate Mehta’s treatment of this topic, on the whole. My biggest disagreement is with his statement that president Obama supports marriage equality in spite of his faith and not because of it. I see no reason to accept [Read More...]

Moses the Lifeguard

This cartoon came my way on Facebook today: While it is just a bit of silly humor, it can be the jumping off point for a reflection on something more serious and timely. A lot of religious believers make it a point of dogma to affirm that miracles happened as described in the Bible. But [Read More...]

Mapping Bible Contradictions

Via Gizmodo, I was reminded of a web site that was created recently, BibViz, attempting to map the Bible's contradictions. While it tends to circulate among atheists, and to meet with adamant denials from conservatives, liberal Christians were among the first to point these sorts of things out – and even before us, there were [Read More...]

Gary Dorrien on Liberal Protestantism

Gary Dorrien has some thoughts on why Liberal Protestantism may seem not to be thriving, and yet be doing some very important things less visibly. Here's the conclusion: I regret that religious progressives like me have reached so few people beyond the small worlds of the academy, church and community organizing in which we live. [Read More...]

Original Christianity is Liberal Christianity

If “liberal Christianity” means Christianity that reflects the cosmology and worldview of a particular era, then the earliest Christianity is liberal Christianity. It is only later, as cosmologies and worldviews changed, that some insisted on clinging to the views of an earlier era, because those happened to be part of the worldview of previous generations [Read More...]

Birthday of the Most Famous Liberal Christian

While next Monday is celebrated as the official holiday Martin Luther King Day in the United States, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born on January 15th. On this the birthday of one who is surely the most famous politically, economically, and theologically progressive Christian, it seemed worth sharing some of the many quote posters [Read More...]

The Uncredible Hallq on Liberal Christianity

There is a rather bizarre post by Chris Hallq on his blog “The Uncredible Hallq” in which he takes aim at liberal Christians, and in particular myself and Fred Clark. He begins by arguing that, because fundamentalists sometimes acknowledge they were wrong, therefore the generalization is incorrect that inerrantists identify their own interpretation with “what [Read More...]


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