In Grenze and Franke’s book « Beyond Foundationalism, » they argue that the concept of finding truth in Scriptures, then building one truth after another upon these Scriptures is outdated, « too modern, » and too divisive. They prefer to see theologians as servants of the church – following after her. As she experiences God, the theologians write theology to express this experience. This is basically the same perspective which was presented by Classic Liberalism, which was fond of saying « beware of doctrine! » and urging people to put their experiences, not their ideas of God, as foremost in their spiritual lives. Most recently, Rob Bell has said that the idea that Scriptures can actually speak for themselves,
Eventually, however, I began to see some flaws in Emergent, and I eventually realized that Emergent was not for me. Since then, I have been on a journey to understand the Emergent church (see posts on Emergent here). Things began to come clear for me when I heard Mark Driscoll divide the Emergent Church into four categories, with the latter category associated with "Liberalism" (more details here). I then began a year-long study to understand Liberalism...
Although every generation of Liberals contradicts the previous one, they all operate within a very similar framework. According to H. Richard Neibour, “Liberalism teaches that a god without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations (actions) of a Christ without a cross.” J. Gresham Machen is right in saying that insofar as the above definition of Liberalism is correct, Liberalism is not really a new, or relaxed, or even a defective form of Christianity, but an entirely new sort of religion.
The purpose of this paper is to produce an answer to the question, “What is Liberalism.” A short answer to this question could be, “Liberalism is Christianity redacted to fit within the Modernistic worldview.” Obviously, this is one definition that begs another. Crudely put, Modernity is a worldview which insists on applying the assumptions and rules necessary to the operation of the scientific method to all aspects of life, including theology, psychology, and the like. More precisely,
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 […]
J. Gresham Machen was a man of understated accomplishments. The denomination and seminary that he founded have never been large, yet have had an influence disproportionate to their size. The book for which he is most well known, Christianity and Liberalism is short, written in plain language, and has never enjoyed wide popularity: yet it is among the most important theological works of the 20th century.
Born in 1724, Kant was in one sense among the last of the major Enlightenment thinkers, and in another way the quintessential Enlightenment man. Like the Apostle Paul, Kant was one who - although "untimely born" and "the least of the apostles" - came to epitomize the movement he represented. His works "The Critique of Pure Reason," and "The Critique of Practical Reason" arouse out of the man-centered philosophy of the Enlightenment, and mortared this philosophy permanently in the mind of modern man. In "Religion Within the Limits of Bare Reason Alone," Kant laid the foundations of what would grow to become Liberal, or Modern Christianity.