Can Liberal Christians Save the Church?

A Humanist Approach to Contemporary Progressive Christian Theologies

Authors

  • James A. Metzger Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt Divinity School, Luther College, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.v21i2.19

Keywords:

humanism, progressive theology, Christianity

Abstract

In contrast to many traditional theologies, today’s progressive theologies offer believers an attractive ethic that is humane, pacific, and Earth-centered. And when God is spoken of, he is generally portrayed as non-coercive, deeply invested in the well-being of all, and attentive to the cries of any who suffer. On the one hand, then, humanists have good reason to celebrate this recent shift in thinking about the sacred and divine-human relations. Indeed, we share with progressive Christians a very similar set of core moral values. But, are progressive theologies really any more persuasive than earlier conceptions of the sacred? Do they offer better evidence for their claims? It is argued here that most all suffer from unresolved and rather serious epistemic issues that ultimately undermine their plausibility – and, therefore, their future viability.

Author Biography

James A. Metzger, Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt Divinity School, Luther College, East Carolina University, Pitt Community College

Dr. Jim Metzger received his Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt University in 2006, and has taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Luther College, East Carolina University, and Pitt Community College.

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Published

2014-05-19

How to Cite

Metzger, J. (2014). Can Liberal Christians Save the Church? A Humanist Approach to Contemporary Progressive Christian Theologies. Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, 21(2), 19–46. https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.v21i2.19

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