Mainline Protestants have been casting away traditional Christian teachings with great abandon. Pastors can now be female, gay, rejecters of Christ’s deity, atonement, and resurrection, etc., etc. One wonders if, in liberal Protestantism, there is any minimum religious belief that is necessary in a pastor. Or in a Christian or a member of the church. For example, does a pastor (or Christian, or church member), have to believe in God?
The United Church of Canada is having to make a decision about this, as it reviews the case of one of its ministers, Greta Vosper, who is an atheist and who teaches atheism from her pulpit.
PREDICTION: Pastors in the United Church will not be required to believe in God. Nor will church members. Christians may be atheists. And atheists will be considered Christians. To their great annoyance. [Read more…]