Saturday, July 13, 2013

Progressive Christianity

Progressive Christianity is a post-liberal approach to the Christian faith that is influenced by postmodernism and: proclaims Jesus of Nazareth as Christ;
emphasizes the Way and teachings of Jesus, not merely His person;
emphasizes God's immanence not merely God's transcendence;
leans toward panentheism rather than supernatural theism; emphasizes salvation here and now instead of primarily in heaven later;
emphasizes being saved for robust, abundant/eternal life over being saved from hell;
emphasizes the social/communal aspects of salvation instead of merely the personal; stresses social justice, environmental protection, and non-violence as integral to Christian discipleship;
takes the Bible seriously but not necessarily literally, embracing a more interpretive, metaphorical understanding;
emphasizes orthopraxy instead of orthodoxy (right actions over right beliefs);
embraces reason as well as paradox and mystery -- instead of blind allegiance to rigid doctrines and dogmas;
does not consider homosexuality to be sinful;
and does not claim that Christianity is the only valid or viable way to connect to God (is non-exclusive).


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