Understanding Progressive Christianity
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.
See the book reviews by clicking the highlighted titles below.
Progressive Christians emphasize:
A focus on the life and teachings of Jesus when interpreting scripture and current problems.
An appreciation of what it means to love God and one’s neighbour 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 focusing 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, ancient cultures, and historical contexts rather than literal or near literal interpretations of translated texts.
I will add to this book list whenever I or a colleague reads and reviews a related book. Find the reviews by clicking the highlighted links.
Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew's Gospel by John S. Spong
The Bible Tells Me so...Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns.On Amazon. We can become stressed if we try to read the Bible through modern eyes.
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
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 John S. Spong
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