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What is Liberal Theology?

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    What is Liberal Theology?

    Gary Dorrien, an Episcopal Priest, a professor at Union Theological Seminary, and the foremost expert on American liberal theology, explains:
    Before the modern period, all Christian theologies were constructed within a house of authority. All premodern Christian theologies made claims to authority-based orthodoxy. Even the mystical and mythopoetic theologies produced by premodern Christianity took for granted the view of scripture as an infallible revelation and the view of theology as an explication of propositional revelation. (The Making of American Liberal Theology: Imagining Progressive Religion, xv).


    Dorrien goes on to say that later “Reformed and Lutheran orthodoxy heightened the Reformation principle that Scripture is the sole and infallibly sufficient rule of faith, teaching that scripture is also strictly inerrant in all that it asserts” (xv). He further argues that Roman Catholicism, Eastern Christianity, and the Anglican tradition were all based on external authority in their own ways as well.

    But liberal theology, which Dorrien believes to be “the most creative and influential tradition of theological reflection since the Reformation,” charted a different course. Liberalism is both a tradition, coming out of the late-18th century Protestant attempt to reconfigure traditional Christian teaching in the light of modern knowledge and values, and a diverse, but recognizable approach to theology.

    Fundamentally it is the idea of a genuine Christianity not based on external authority. Liberal theology seeks to reinterpret the symbols of Christianity in a way that creates a progressive religious alternative to atheistic rationalism and to theologies based on external authority.
    Specifically, liberal theology is defined by its openness to the verdicts of modern intellectual inquiry, especially the natural and social sciences; its commitment to the authority of individual reason and experience; its conception of Christianity as an ethical way of life; its favoring of moral concepts of atonement; and its commitment to make Christianity credible and socially relevant to modern people. (xxiii)

    Though the theological conclusions may be miles apart at times, it’s important for evangelicals to be familiar with liberal theology. We want to understand it accurately, deal with it fairly, and recognize that some Christians embrace the theology without embracing the term.

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    William is simply quoting another source, so these are not William's thoughts.

    Originally posted by William View Post
    Fundamentally it is the idea of a genuine Christianity not based on external authority.
    If ever there was an oxymoron, it is stated here. How can a genuine Christianity be based on anything other than the authority of Scripture? This is another attempt to deceive and befuddle Christians.

    Originally posted by William View Post
    Though the theological conclusions may be miles apart at times, it’s important for evangelicals to be familiar with liberal theology.
    Yeah. So long as evangelicals are clear that Liberal Theology is AN ATTACK on the Bible and Bible doctrine, and originates with Satan, who said at the very beginning "YEA, HATH GOD SAID...?
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      #3
      Originally posted by Lucas View Post
      If ever there was an oxymoron, it is stated here. How can a genuine Christianity be based on anything other than the authority of Scripture? This is another attempt to deceive and befuddle Christians.
      They can't. There is no greater oxymoron than a Christian from the left. The leftist Christian's mind and heart do not align with Scripture. I do think liberal Christians think themselves as bridge builders, and I doubt that they truly know how much damage they inflict on Christianity.

      For FYI - when I use the term Christian I'm using it in a general sense of a follower or disciple of Christ which I distinguish from the regenerate man.

      God bless,
      William

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        If every Christian is forced into one of two categories - liberal or conservative - both labels are likely to cover a whole spectrum of different opinions. I can think of a clergyman friend of mine, who would self identify as a liberal. Sometimes he seems so anxious to be open minded that his brains are in danger of falling out. But there is no way he would identify with a John Selby Spong or a John Hick.
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          #5
          Originally posted by ThyWordisTruth View Post
          Sometimes he seems so anxious to be open minded that his brains are in danger of falling out...
          Rofl.

          I nearly get my wife every time when she takes the liberal approach to something.... I point near the floor and say there it is you dropped that. She looks around herself in a circle then at me and I explain, your brains fell out when you were leaning left.

          Needlessly said, I only say this kinda thing when I want quite for the next few hours as I will be put in time out. ;)

          God bless,
          William
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