This blog in defence of liberal christianity is the blog I was going to write last week however Pope Benedicts shock resignation led me to write a blog on Pope Benedicts resignation instead.
Now it is not trendy being a liberal christian nowadays,it is much more fashionable being a religious fundamentalist or conservative christian. Fundamentalist christianity is on the rise throghout the world particularly in America even amongst young well educated people. While the Catholic church has moved away from the slight liberalism of the second vatican council towards a much more conservative stance both politically and in terms of theology .
I looked up on wikipedia the leading liberal christian theologians both protestant and catholic and what is most noticeable is how old those are that are still alive both catholic and protestant.To highlight the decline of liberal protestantism in America the Los Angeles Times reported inJuly 2006 that liberal protestant churches declined from 40% to 12% of protestant churches in America between 1930 and 2000.
Now I strongly feel that the decline of liberal christianity has been a disaster for the christian faith and also so has the rise of conservative and fundamentalist christianity been a disaster as well.
Liberal christianity is mainly based on the new testament and places heavy emphasis on the humane compassionate Jesus.It also urges christians to fight against wars and social injustice and also urges christians to get involved in voluntary and charity work. This is unlike religious fundamentalists and conservatives who support social injustices are usually allied to the right wing politically and usually ignore Jesus teachings by supporting unjust wars.
I strongly believe like the first century christian heretic Marcion that the christian faith should be based on the new testament and Jesus humane and compassionate teachings and not on the totally different god of the old testament.
Myself I am a member of the Sea of Faith a liberal christian group.However I would like to hear from other liberal christians about how to rebuild liberal christianity in our present time as I feel that this is very important.
Have a nice weekend All.