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The Concise Definition of Christian Liberalism

A recurring theme in my quest for truth is to spend a considerable amount of time on a topic, then finally find a way to explain the answer only to find that someone else has found the answer, and has expressed it so much better than I could ever hope to. Such is the case with Liberalism. Had I found this definition last year, much of this year’s work would have been unnecessary, or at least far more directional.

What is Liberalism? According to H. Richard Neibour, “Liberalism taught that a god without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations (actions) of a Christ without a cross.”

I have no idea how I could improve on this!

My other posts The Man Who Wrote Christianity and Liberalism and Modernity and the Roots of Classical Liberalism may be helpful in fleshing this out. My post THE book to read on emergent will suggest some connections between Liberalism and the Emergent Church – I hope to write some more posts to make this connection more explicit someday.


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