Liberal Christianity, Progressive Christianity or Liberalism
is movement of Christianity that may be characterized by these points....
* diversity of opinion * less emphasis on the literal interpretation of Scripture * an intimate, personal, and sometimes ambiguous view of God * wider scope in their views on salvation (including universalist beliefs) * non-traditional views on heaven and hell * an emphasis on inclusive fellowship and community * an embracing of higher criticism of the Bible. * Liberal theology is individualistic, and as such, values personal and subjective religious experience above doctrines, Church authority or the literal word of scripture. * It claims that a religion is a community of individuals united by common intuitions and experiences, and therefore the value of the Church is in providing a supportive framework in which new conceptions of God can be explored, not in issuing decrees, upholding rigid dogmas or in exercising power over the religious community. * It maintains that, while God remains immutable, theists relationship with, and understanding of God change through history, and therefore that no religious truths are necessarily fixed, as each person's experience can reveal a novel aspect of God.
Which of these characteristics apply to you?
The denomination in which I have the most years is the United Methodist Church. Their doctrinal statement is less liberal, but the majority of their churches seem very liberal.
Unity Churches are just one church considered progressive and where I have more experience, besides the Southern Baptist background of my childhood.
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I have no problem with the following characteristics of being a "Progressive Christian"....
1. "diversity of opinion"...that's only fair! 2. less EMPHASIS on the LITERAL interpretation of Scripture / Bible 3. an intimate and personal view of God 4. progressive salvation 5. diverse views on concepts of "heaven" and "hell: 6. an emphasis on inclusive fellowship and community 7. maximum lay / scholarly criticism of the Bible. 8. individual moral values, 8a. religious experience weighed against doctrines, 8b criticism of Church authority 8c. systematic study of Scripture/Bible 9. "religion" / denomination is a community of individuals, united by common beliefs, intuitions and experiences,... 9a. value of the "Church" is in providing a supportive framework in which new conceptions of God can be explored... 9b. criticize rigid dogmas or in exercising power over the religious community. 10. God is good and remains immutable, 10b. God's plan of relating to Man changes through history,... 10c. no "religious" truths are necessarily fixed, 10d. some spiritual truths are absolute 10e. each person's life experiences can reveal a novel view of God.