Interesting article in today's Washington Post.
And a thought-provoking quote at the end:
One theory: People who regard themselves as religious progressives expect something different from their religious communities than they did a generation ago.
James Adams, who founded the Center for Progressive Christianity in 1994, detects a hunger for religious settings where people can work out their own authentic belief systems, rather than merely obey a liberal interpretation of God's will. Adams suspects that many liberal publications never learned to accommodate that desire.
"There was a kind of liberal mushiness, I think, that overtook some of the thinking in some of those publications that have disappeared," he said. "There was this kind of haughtiness on the part of liberals that 'We know best.' . . . I think that attitude lost energy, and people who are more thorough in a way and more thoughtful have come along to replace them."
It is also this "mushiness" that draws the most criticism from conservatives.
I've thought for a long time that the antidote to the conservative Christian attitude of "our way or the highway" is for progressive Christians to articulate a spirituality and ethic of the highest moral responsibility. Progressive Christians know that this is the root of the faith, but the well has been poisoned to an extent by the perception that progressive Christianity is nothing but empty tolerance.
Are we approaching a time when we will see more challenges against the lies that are told about liberal Christianity?