progressive christianity

What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?: A Guide for the Searching, the Open, and the Curious

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Delwin Brown

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From Sacred Lies to Holy Wisdom

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Judith Casanova

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Process Theology Related to Progressive Christianity

Question: 
How is “process theology” related to “progressive Christianity?”
Publication Month: 
August 2008
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

The term “progressive Christianity” has come into wide use only in the past fifteen years. When an old Methodist publication, Zion’s Herald, renamed itself The Progressive Christian a few years ago, it became clear that “progressive” will be the descriptor of a new movement in American Christianity.

Progressive Christianity

Question: 
I always enjoy John Cobb's clearly thought out answers to questions and often use them as the basis for discussion in study groups. There has been considerable discussion in Church and secular circles about the writings of such people as John Spong, Don Cupitt, Robert Funk, John Crossan, Karen Armstrong and others. What is your reaction to their approach to organized Christianity?
Publication Month: 
August 2002
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

It is not, of course, possible to respond to these thinkers fairly when one groups them all together. Nevertheless, I think I understand the reason they are grouped by the questioner, and I will respond in terms of that understanding.

Going on to Perfection?

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Each year at Annual Conference the most embarrassing moment comes when the ordinands are asked: Do you expect to be made perfect in this life? They all answer Yes. I did, when it was my turn, years ago. But it was not true. I really did not expect to be made perfect in this life, and I expect it even less today. And the embarrassment that is expressed by all when this question is asked and answered indicates that I am not alone.

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