The following is Neibuhr’s accurate summary of the ‘Gospel’ of ‘progressive’ Christianity, which frankly is no Gospel all, because at the heart of the Gospel is repentance, the atoning death of Christ, and fundamental change to human lives. In other words, while God begins with us as we are, he never ever wants to leave us there in our narcissistic, fallen condition. Here is how Neibuhr (who I was blessed to sit under at Harvard), sums things up.
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”
― H. Richard Niebuhr, The Kingdom of God in America