Intelligent Quote of The Day

If conservative forms of Christianity can be criticized for clinging to beliefs in spite of mounting evidence that they required revision if not outright rejection, liberal forms of Christianity have been criticized for jumping too quickly onto cultural bandwagons, only to find their reputation …

Blogger James F. McGrath, Associate Professor of Religion and Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana giving his two cents on “peer-based” Christianity on his blog Exploring Our Matrix.

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One thought on “Intelligent Quote of The Day

  1. My pragmatic view is that if the scientific evidence is clear that some eschatology is clearly wrong, then the religion must change it.

    Good luck with that. The Catholic Church maintained that the earth was the center of the Universe. Galileo had to recant his more accurate view that it was not. Eventually, the Catholic Church altered its posture, but after how many martyrs?

    The Armstrongists will shortly be faced with something similar: British Israelism has to go. If it goes, then there’s all that prophecy that’s the basic core foundation which will crumble. When that crumbles to dust, people will start asking the questions, such as, “Why are we keeping the Feasts?” and “Should we be keeping the Sabbath” and “What about tithing on wages?”.

    In the end, religions have to be pragmatic. Science and truth don’t matter. What really matters is the flow of money and the established power structure of the hierarchy. Anything that threatens that is automatically heresy.

    Liberal forms of Christianity are usually unstructured. As such, they would be pretty much fluid to accept any sort of rubbish which falls their way, just as long as it seems reasonable and satisfies some emotional content. Make that read: Unstable.

    The main way for conservative Christianity to change is for some rebel to split from the religion and strike out on his own, taking a portion of the congregation with him, otherwise, there’s no reason to change: “We’re just fine, go away!”.

    Off Topic: For some [non Canadian] fun, be sure to visit:

    http://mikeyforpresident.wordpress.com/

    He’ll be on facebook, if I can figure it out.

    Douglas Becker

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