Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Progressive Christianity - Book Review List

 


Understanding Progressive Christianity

Book Reviews

One way to understand a movement is to read what the leaders have written. The progressive Christian movement, like any new movement, can be difficult to describe in detail because there is no one authoritative body or voice. Instead, there are many voices. I hesitate to offer too many descriptive statements because there are surely some who will disagree. Nevertheless, I will list a few trends then list some of the books by writers with progressive perspectives.


Progressive Christians emphasize:

A focus on the life and teachings of Jesus when considering scripture and current problems

An appreciation of what it means to love God and one’s neighbor as one’s self when it comes to ethics and justice for all

A commitment to meeting the immediate needs of people who are abused, neglected and treated unfairly as Jesus did

A commitment to changing aspects of society that oppress people and contribute to poverty and ill treatment

A belief in the importance of living a transformed life now rather than focus on what might happen after this life

An understanding that the Bible includes a variety of literary works (e.g., poems, stories, histories, gospels) by different writers

An interpretation of scripture reliant on an appreciation of metaphors and historical contexts rather than literal or near literal approaches

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Book Reviews

I will add to this book list whenever I read and review a related book.

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel by J. S. Spong

Love Wins: A Book About Heaven,  Hell, And The Future Of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus J. Borg

Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but Not literally by Marcus J. Borg

The Rise and Fall of the Bible by Timothy Beal


 The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires “Our” Trust More Than “Our” Correct Beliefs by Peter Enns.

Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power by Marcus J. Borg

Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today by J.S. Spong

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