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Any Liberal Christians on the board?

Discussion in 'Liberal Christianity DIR' started by Doodlebug02, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. RevOxley_501

    RevOxley_501 Well-Known Member

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    im pretty liberal, im socialist, and non fundamentalist (innerency is farse)


    yay for liberals
     
  2. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus
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    I agree with "innerancy is a farce".....besides, my beliefs are so 'mixed' I am probably the most Liberal Christian there has ever been.
     
  3. A4B4

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    I would agree with this, at least personally. Although by the definition provided, it seems most anything that challenges the traditional doctrines of Christianity might be considered "Liberal Christianity."
     
  4. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    Wow! That's a tough question. I definitely consider myself to be a liberal Mormon. Plus, I consider Mormons to be Christians. As to how liberal a Christian a Mormon Christian can be... well, maybe that's a whole new thread.
     
  5. des

    des Active Member

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    Yes, reading your posts I definitely think of you as open minded and liberal.

    But you need to distinguish religious from political views. It is a separate thing. Most liberal Christians (Jews, Muslims, etc.) are liberal politically, and most conservative Christians, etc. are conservative politically.But there are many exceptions to that, esp. conservative Christians,etc. taking on liberal political views. A good example would be Jim Wallis of Sojourners (while I think he is probably a bit more moderate than conservative), he takes a very liberal view on most political issues. Many conservatives have gotten it together on global warming. I think some liberal Christians etc are not extremely liberal like I am. (I think conservative political views would be quite the exception. The reason is that some of the current conservative views would be highly out of line with an inclusive view of the world. But maybe this was less true of the past.

    I'm not sure just how liberal a Mormon can be, religiously speaking I mean, but I think the following might be the case. If you were applying Mormonism in a way that is not entirely literalist or legalistic and more of guidelines, main concepts, etc. And that your values are more of community,spiritual growth and so on.

    Of course there are also many moderates. I am guessing there are quite as many moderates as anything else, and they have mostly been fairly quiet lately. I think many do not attend church. These are people who do not take a hard literalist view. They see things in the Bible that are more important things, say the messages of Jesus, and would say those things really happened. And would take many other things and say either they might not have happened or that they aren't that important. Whereas I think that *anything* in the Bible is open to the same kind of criticism and scrunity that anything else is. (OF course, then again, I'm not sure even if I am even really any kind of Christian. Though I feel very drawn to this character of Jesus-- most of the time anyway.)

    Sam Harris would like us to think that moderation is a bad thing. Gosh, I am pretty sure he is wrong.

    --des


     
  6. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    Yes it is a tough question.

    I am by nature a liberal and a liberal Christian.

    Catherine I don't think being a liberal Christian , or a liberal Mormon Christian means giving up any basic beliefs, but it means being able to follow where God leads us, even though that might be a bit further than most our brethren are yet prepared to go.

    I think there are people who take a liberal stance in all religions, not Just Christianity.
    It is perhaps these people who hold Gods Key to the worlds future.

    I think it is easy to recognise these people when they turn up on this Forum.
    It is rather harder in every day life. It would be simple to make a list, but it would be invidious.

    some of course have already identified themselves on this thread.

    God Bless them all.
     
  7. sojourner

    sojourner Annoyingly Progressive Since 2006

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    I'm a member of the D.A.M.N. Church: Disgruntled Anglicans Making Nice. =) We are a very liberal bunch...but very nice.
     
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    Practice makes perfect. :beach:
     
  9. Izdaari

    Izdaari Emergent Anglo-Catholic

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    I'm a conservative evangelical with a lot of liberal tendencies, in a much more liberal than average Pentecostal church. Charismissional is probably the best one word description of my approach to Christianity.

    I'm 100% Nicene, mostly conservative on doctrine and a thorough supernaturalist. I believe angels and demons are literal beings, that the Pentecostal gifts are real and that miracles still happen often today. So how am I liberal?
    • I'm very pro-"emerging church".
    • I'm not a biblical literalist or inerrantist.
    • I think God created by means of the Big Bang and evolution.
    • I'm very socially tolerant (and as an open bisexual, I suppose I'd better be!).
    • I'm not so sure about the eternal fate of non-believers. I leave that to God.
    • I'm eclectic about drawing from other faith traditions, primarily Catholicism and Orthodoxy, but also to some extent from Zen and Taoism.
    And since politics has been mentioned, I'm not liberal or conservative, but libertarian.
     
  10. sojourner

    sojourner Annoyingly Progressive Since 2006

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    Now let's all band together in a secret group that uses an ubiquitous, yet apocryphal symbol, say, oh, a fish, to identify ourselves to each other, in order to avoid getting beaten up by the fundie establishment. Then, let's do things in church like, say, accept homosexuals, allow women to be ordained, and refuse to judge the salvation of other people. You know...things that will get us thrown out of the establishment. Then, let's practice mercy, forbearance, comapssion, and love, contrary to what the masses think. then, let's apply those things universally.

    Yeah. That'd be cool.
     
  11. sandandfoam

    sandandfoam Veteran Member

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    Hey !!!
    I quite like it in here :bow:
     
  12. Izdaari

    Izdaari Emergent Anglo-Catholic

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    I would say my particular Assemblies of God congregation (certainly much more liberal in attitude than most of the denomination) is well on the way. We already do most of that... but it's not a secret! :D
     
  13. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    You've described the United Church of Christ pretty closely.
     
  14. sojourner

    sojourner Annoyingly Progressive Since 2006

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    Stupid Liberals! Just when we had it all under control, they had to wander into the picture and ruin everything with their "radical love-and-mercy" garbage!
     
  15. Botfield

    Botfield New Member

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    I am a liberal Christian (this is my first post too!). I attend a Methodist church here in the UK, and it is pretty liberal.
     
  16. sojourner

    sojourner Annoyingly Progressive Since 2006

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    Welcome to the forum! you might want to go to the top and check out the welcome thread.
     
  17. budhabee

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    sorry Botfield...I'm not buying a liberal Methodist church. Do they study the Kabbala? Do they dip into a little Hindu or Buddism? Any Gnostic sermons? :confused:
     
  18. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    I don't think any are for sale!

    Methodist churches have a number of liberal individuals in them.
     
  19. mystic man

    mystic man Esoteric

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    I'm a Liberal ugh.....
     
  20. spiritually inclined

    spiritually inclined Active Member

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    I could fit in there. I'm definitely a liberal; if you've read many of my other posts, it's probably obvious.

    You're not like any Pentecostal I've ever heard of. I'm glad your experience of the Pentecostal movement has been more positive than mine was. (I was in the United Pentecostal Church, a particularly nasty branch of Pentecostalism. I won't go there now.)

    I also like the concepts of the emergent church. I accept evolution and the Big Bang theory. I'm gay. As an Anglican, I draw on Protestant and Catholic traditions (as well as uniquely Anglican traditions). I also like to explore other religions. Sounds like we have a lot in common, though our churches come from very different traditions. Interesting.

    James
     
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