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What I Read Online – 04/06/2013 (a.m.)

06 Apr
    • Specifically, liberal theology is defined by its openness to the verdicts of modern intellectual inquiry, especially the natural and social sciences; its commitment to the authority of individual reason and experience; its conception of Christianity as an ethical way of life; its favoring of moral concepts of atonement; and its commitment to make Christianity credible and socially relevant to modern people.
    • Though the theological conclusions may be miles apart at times, it’s important for evangelicals to be familiar with liberal theology. We want to understand it accurately, deal with it fairly, and recognize that some Christians embrace the theology without embracing the term.
    • “If you consider yourself a person who takes doctrine seriously, do you see yourself in this story? Has a humble gratefulness for God’s mercy been replaced by a pride in all that you know? Are you prone to have contempt or a sense of superiority toward those with less knowledge? I believe Jesus would confront our misplaced confidence just as he did the self-righteousness of the Pharisees in his day.”
    • is it not strange that, in this postmodern world where apparently we are so powerful that we can self-create ourselves and be anything we want to be, where even our gender is something which we can decide for ourselves, we are yet so weak and vulnerable as to be incapable of saying no to advice with which we disagree, and of simply walking away?    If you do not like the priest’s advice, or the rabbi’s, or the pastor’s, it is a free country, you can ignore them. You can even despise them and ridicule them if you wish.   But perhaps the lesson here is not so much about sexual diversity after all.  It is odd how power and insecurity so often co-exist in the same groups, is it not?

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