Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What is "liberal theology"?

Liberal theology sometimes gets confused with liberal social positions, says Joel at the connexions blog. The post addresses comments by Beth Quick about the accusation that liberal theology is contributing to the decline of mailing churches.

He points out that even growth in the Southern Baptist Convention is stagnating. He also warns that Christianity in general is in trouble in America. He further cautions that part of the decline may be caused by unrelenting attacks on the United Methodist Church and other mainline denominations by organizations such as the Institute on Religion and Democracy and the Confessing Movement.

Joel's posting attempts to clarify the differences among "liberalism", "liberal social positions", and "liberal theology." Some people with a conservative theology can and do support liberal social positions, for example.

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