The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity

“Thomas Merton said it was actually dangerous to put the scriptures in the hands of people whose inner self is not yet sufficiently awakened to encounter the Spirit, because they will try to use God for their own egocentric purposes (This is why religion is so subject to corruption!)”

~ Richard Rohr

Video commentary:

Bringing together the voices of top Bible scholars and church leaders—including Diana Butler Bass, John Dominic Crossan, Amy-Jill Levine, Brian McLaren, Helen Prejean, and John Shelby Spong—pastors David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy present a lively and stimulating tour of what it means to be a “progressive” Christian. Based on the bestselling dvd course of the same name, Living the Questions explores matters many churches are afraid to address including the humanity of Jesus and homosexuality, and examines in a new light traditional faith topics such as the Bible, atonement, salvation, the rapture, and more.

“A rich, wise, helpful and important book – virtually a manifesto of progressive Christianity.” Marcus Borg

“I’m so grateful for Living the Questions. These progressive voices offer less rigid and more expansive approaches to Christian faith, and make room for people who practice critical thinking and question the gatekeepers. They help us see that questioning the gatekeepers is exactly what Jesus was all about.” Brian McLaren

“A welcome book that is bold (without being contentious) and courageous (without needing to be triumphant), Felten and Procter-Murphy give voice to a faith that provides a profound alternative to the dominant ideology of ‘American Christianity.’ attention should be paid!” Walter Brueggemann

“In a clear and masterful way, Felten and Procter-Murphy . . . open up a pathway to a more vital and even exciting way to approach the Christian faith in the 21st century.” Fred Plumer

“David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy speak with high levels of credibility to the deep and abiding human hunger that yearns for a Christian future.” John Shelby Spong

I have checked out the video on “The wisdom of progressive christianity” earlier on. I like what Yvette Flunder said at the beginning of the video: “The more I grow, the less I seem to be certain about.” That is an honest self-assessment, because I also find that when it comes to life and spirituality, the more I learn, the more I realise I don’t know about many things, and there is so much more to learn and discover. Perhaps that is the beauty of the mystery of life, and having a sense of wonder like a child can help make the learning process enjoyable, in a sense.

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