Friday, April 17, 2009

Progressive Christianity

This will come as no surprise to some of my friends but I'm in favour of Unprogressive Christianity. I'm in favour of all that old time religion stuff like feeding the hungry and clothing the naked and visiting the lonely and imprisoned. And I'm in favour of doing it because I believe in God, the Father almighty, and in his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Spirit and all the stuff in the creeds that come in between. And while it doesn't come easily to me I believe in turning the cheek and forgiving those who have sinned against me. And I believe in standing with the oppressed and the persecuted even when I'm terrified. And I believe all these things are possible because Jesus lives.

And here are a couple of defenses of old time religion I quite enjoyed...

First Colbert takes on Bart Ehrman here.

And then Jane Barter Moulaison takes on Gretta Vosper here.


Kevin said...

Boy, that was almost hard to watch. I was embarrassed for Ehrman.

On the other hand, I don't see "progressive" Christianity as dangerous as conservative, dogmatic, Christianity. Folks like Ehrman and Vosper may have their following, but they don't have the impact as some more militant right wing Christianity.


Erin said...

Dangerous in what sense?