Nine signals of progressive Christianity

Scot McKnight interacts a little with Roger Olson’s attempt to identify markers of progressive Christianity. You should read the whole thing but here they are in condensed form: Doctrines are talked about only as historical relics, not as living realities to be protected and defended An abandonment of church discipline especially as that relates to doctrinal accountability and sexual behaviour A determination, however, slow and subtle, to accommodate to trends within academic culture An elevation of inclusiveness to a virtue bar none The abandonment of concepts such as “sin,” “repentance,” “salvation,” “return of Christ,” and, yes, “judgement of God.” Implicit universalism—…

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The Curiosity Index (22.03.2018)

Are religious people really less smart, on average, than atheists? Apparently so. But what the research actually says is that religious people are more intuitive. “This work suggests, religious belief predisposes people to rely more heavily on intuition in decision-making – and the stronger their belief, the more pronounced the impact.” It also seems to suggest that religion causes intuition but could it not be the case that intuitive people discern that there must be more to life than this? Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer: The New Trinity? And why it won’t…

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