Why I am liberal... but not LIBERAL! [pt.1]

-or- "Is this just a postmodern brand of Christian liberalism?"


It’s a good question to ask. And since I’ve confessed in other posts to being liberal (read: my Liberal Confession) I can’t see why someone wouldn’t ask this question… Or make this assumption: emerging=neo-liberalism (but I don’t believe it does).

Over the next week I will be making a new post, every day, to tackle this question, so keep checking back and please engage with questions or comments!

So, to begin. I am a liberal human being, but I am not necessarily a “Classic Liberal Christian.” First, I suppose it depends on what your definition of liberal is. Liberalism itself contains a wide variety of worldviews, ethical priorities, and socio-political goals. I am liberal for lots of reasons (not the least of which is my extremely conservative background). I believe in the equality of all individuals, in the right to liberty for all peoples, and in foundational principles like freedom of speech, thought and belief.

www.Wikipedia.com says:


Cultural liberalism focuses on the rights of individuals pertaining to conscience and lifestyle, including such issues as sexual freedom, religious freedom, cognitive freedom, and protection from government intrusion into private life. John Stuart Mill aptly expressed cultural liberalism in his essay "On Liberty," when he wrote, “The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.”


Traditional stereotypes of Liberal Christianity include the following assertions:
  1. There is no absolute truth.
  2. Christianity is equal to, not greater than, all other world religions. Salvation can be found through faithful adherence to any of the world’s religions, philosophies, or through merely being “a good human being.”
  3. The Bible is not “Inerrant,” or (more extremely) the Bible is flawed and without value.
  4. Jesus was not born of a virgin.
  5. Jesus was not literally (physically) resurrected from the dead.

In the next 6 posts, I'll attempt to try (humbly) to unpack each of these ideas, and how my beliefs conflict or align, and why I think that's relevant in a postmodern context.

Keep reading!

4 comments:

Monk-in-Training said...

This series definitely looks intriguing.

Existential Punk said...

CAN'T WAIT, Pete, to see how you unpack these topics.

i miss you. We are gonna move nack the northern Cali sometime next year, so at least we will be on the same coast! We want to come up and see you and Julie. i so want you to meet Katryna.

Much love and admiration,

Adele

camsview said...

Whoa...you're committing to seven consecutive posts. That's risky in this atmosphere. If you survive, we might have to make you the first blogging saint

Peter said...

Thanks for stickin' with me, everyone!

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