Deeper Christian Faith

Crystal St. Marie Lewis wrote a post about her experience as a liberal Christian. Here is a sample: The “Why Jesus?” and “Why Christianity?” questions are seemingly based on the assumption that Christianity has no redeeming qualities once one has ventured outside the traditional sphere– but this has not been my experience. For instance, the gospels [Read More...]

Embrace the Mystery

For more from Harry Emerson Fosdick, see his famous sermon, “Shall The Fundamentalists Win?”   [Read more...]

Happily Easter After

It is Easter, and I celebrate and proclaim resurrection. I am not referring to a peculiar event which some claim happened in history roughly 2,000 years ago, in which a human (or, according to some, a just barely human divine entity) was raised to life in a body he didn’t need, before being exalted to [Read More...]

The Future of Liberal Theology

A recent post on the blog an und für sich offers both an insightful retrospective on the nature of liberal theology (including noting the irony of the classic language of “husk vs. kernel” which ends up looking a lot like the “letter vs. spirit” dichotomy of supercessionist theologies), and a vision for the future. Here [Read More...]

A Church You Can Relate To

Allan Bevere shared the above image on Facebook. It certainly reflects a popular stereotype many conservatives have of liberal churches. But when one looks closely at such claims, a paradox emerges. Supposedly, liberal churches are pandering to the world for the sake of popularity. And yet liberal churches do not seem to be distinctively popular, [Read More...]

Childish Literalism

What kind of childish literalism reads the anthropomorphic language of Genesis and concludes that the Bible can only be read as an historical rendering of the origins of the universe? – Rev. Joseph Phelps, “Religion and science call for dialogue, not debate”   [Read more...]

Bible-Loving Liberals

The quote above comes from an article by Derek Penwell challenging the notion that liberals hate the Bible. Here is a slightly longer sample including the quotation above: Liberal Christians aren’t liberal in spite of the Bible, but because of it. They don’t pursue justice for LGBT people because they haven’t read Scripture, but precisely because they [Read More...]

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...]

Actively Disliking Parts of the Bible

Towards the end of a post about the Bible and interracial marriage, Fred Clark wrote this helpful summary of how liberal Christians like him and myself approach the Bible: The so-called conservatives tend to complain at this point that those of us who recognize and accept the diversity of the Bible are just picking and [Read More...]

Is This Bible Verse a Metaphor?

Terry Firma shared the above image. It helpfully illustrates what is really going on in fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible. Their view should never be referred to as “Biblical literalism” since it only insists on the Bible being literally true when it is desirable to do so, and not where it is “obviously” a metaphor, [Read More...]

Liberal Jesus Wishes You Happy Holidays

A few days ago, a list of verses that supposedly prove Jesus was a liberal circulated. Being a liberal myself, you might expect me to be delighted by such a list. And indeed, I’ve sometimes clicked “like” on such things or passed them on, because they can provide a useful counter to those who assume [Read More...]


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