But let’s define the terms first. The term “liberal” really refers to a person whose primary interpretive authority of reality is the Self…
By contrast, the term “conservative” refers to someone who seeks to “conserve” an external authority (a religious book, a religious body, a tradition within culture)….
The question then becomes, Can both of these maintain their essential identities and accept genuine Christianity at the same time? In other words, can one simply adopt Christianity within either grid? My answer is, No, and here’s why.
Oh? I wasn’t aware that Christ had excluded anyone from being a Christian. It is nice, however, that the author of the above ‘post’ has provided us with terminology, but the terminology is too well laden with the overtones he wishes to ignore. He essentially given those ignorant souls who boil everything down to democrat v. conservative some ammunition.
I don’t want to really discuss his straw men, and there is enough to build a shoddy house, but I do want to discuss the idea of the denial of the Self. This is really an ascetic method which is more liberal than the author would suggest. After all, each person who practices self-denial must, subjectively, invest in an outside force of their own choosing a measure of authority. What the author is actually suggesting is his version of Christians have divested themselves of authority and instead invested it in what they have chosen. (Isn’t this what Islam does as well? And secular humanism?) I’ll break it down further. Protestants have made themselves the authority of what the Canon is, what the Creeds should be, how theology should be interpreted, and for some, who can be and cannot be a Christian. Yes, they have invested into a book a certain amount of authority, but they control this investment and the returns (interpretation and theology).
This history of theirs, book, and the such, have given them their own interpretations. These are the interpretations which they have chosen. They have chosen the Christ which they feel best suits their theological interpretations. So then, it is possible that our new friend is still rather a liberal. I would also wager that he is a Christian as well. I hope that he will allow Christ to separate and refrain from doing such heavenly work.
- The Problem with Liberal Theology (1silvery.wordpress.com)
- Genesis and Christian Theology (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- The Earthly and Cosmic Jesus – Luke and Paul (naturalspirituality.wordpress.com)
- Gay for God? A Primer on How to Talk to Christians About the Gay Debate (theparish.typepad.com)
- Liberation Theology and Critical Thinking (Third in a Friday Series on Liberation Theology) (mikerivageseul.wordpress.com)