Welcome to the Future of Mainline Protestantism!

Mid-way through our Future of Religion summer series here at Patheos, we’ve finally arrived at The Future of Mainline Protestantism! This week, more than 20 thought-leaders, from pastors to scholars to bloggers, offer provocative perspectives on the future of the mainline church. We’ll also feature more conversations on the church here on the blog each day, to further feed the conversation. To get us started, retired Columbia Seminary professor Ben Campbell Johnson shares his dreams for a vibrant mainline Protestantism in the 21st Century… [Read more...]

Enchanted Deconstruction

The word deconstruction tends to conjure up a lot of different responses. Some fear it. Others embrace it, still yet, there is hope in deconstruction. I think though from the variety of responses across the internet some have become disillusioned with the art of deconstruction. But, what if it doesn’t have to lead to disillusionment? [Read more...]

Praying On Our Knees: On Being a Christian Atheist

Praying On Our Knees: Reflections on God after God. John Caputo in his ‘On Religion’ challenges the notion that there is in fact a line between atheism and theism, and in one fell swoop he knocks the New Atheists for a loop as well as religious fundamentalists. Caputo points beyond institutional religions and towards the [Read More...]


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