A Critical and Relevant Faith

C. Drew Smith has written a post, highlighting his new book, Reframing a Relevant Faith. In the post, he writes: Critically thinking about the faith is not equivalent to criticizing the faith, as some may think, although that may be part of critical thinking.  Rather, thinking critically about the faith is to continue to ask questions, [Read More...]

Progressive Christians of Indiana

I had someone ask me if there was an organization of progressive and liberal Christians in Indiana. There didn’t seem to be. And so I have set up a Facebook page, “Progressive Christians of Indiana.” If you are in that category, please do like the page on Facebook! Hopefully it will prove to be a [Read More...]

The Phoenix Affirmations: A Progressive Christian Statement

Chuck Queen recently shared the text of the Phoenix Affirmations in Baptist News. I am sharing them in turn below, and hope you will discuss them in the comments section. CHRISTIAN LOVE OF GOD INCLUDES: Walking fully in the Path of Jesus without denying the legitimacy of other paths that God may provide for humanity. Listening [Read More...]

What Is Progressive Christianity?

The quote is from yesterday’s post, “Progressive Christianity in the Spotlight.” The background image is Miami Chapel. Of related interest, David Schnell offered a response to the claim of critics of progressive Christianity to represent “Biblical Christianity.” He writes: The myth is that so-called Biblical Christianity is tenable, that it exists, and that it is not merely [Read More...]

Progressive Christianity in the Spotlight

The Fountains United Methodist Church recently had the experience of a number of conservative churches in its area banding together to preach against progressive Christianity. They promoted the sermon series with signs and news articles promising a series of sermons on conservative fundamentals: The Fountanins UMC church responded with a banner borrowed from another congregation: [Read More...]

Politicized Christianity’s Pact With The Devil

Having recently shared some thoughts on the separation of church and state, and the politicization of religion, in relation to the Pew survey data that was published recently, I thought I would also re-share the meme above, which I made a few years ago, and shared in a post called “Possibly the Most Interesting Pact [Read More...]

Survey Says: Not a Chance

ProgressiveChristianity.org shared data from a survey of 500 progressive Christians. I was particularly struck by how the most negative answer to the particular questions above were worded. “Is the Bible inerrant?” – “Not a chance.” [Read more...]

Is This Atheism?

Dale Tuggy posted not that long ago on the late Marcus Borg’s view of God, declaring it essentially a form of atheism. This is a very old accusation. Mystics in the Islamic tradition were accused of pantheism, which Richard Dawkins famously declared to be nothing more than “sexed-up atheism.” Hume depicts the mystical theist Philo [Read More...]

Spiritual Revolution

The above video came to my attention via Progressive Christianity. It features actor Rainn Wilson, known to many as Dwight Schrute from The Office. Wilson is a Baha’i. If you came here looking for more academic videos, then I should add that various recordings from the last American Academy of Religion conference are now online. [Read more...]

God Cannot Be Confined To Any One Creed

  Crystal St. Marie Lewis shared the above quote from Ibn al-Arabi on her blog. Do not praise your own faith so exclusively that you disbelieve all the rest. If you do this, you will miss much good. Nay, you’ll fail to realize the real truth of the matter: God, the omnipresent and omniscient cannot [Read More...]

How to Treat the Bible

The quote from Gregory C. Jenks comes from an article on the Progressive Christianity website, written back in 2011, “Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally.” Click through to read it. Neither the Bible nor God is well served by any tactics that seek to protect the Bible from scrutiny. We must, therefore, resist any [Read More...]