This past week, I posted the 10th and final installment of my series, “The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity.” So, I thought it would be good to gather all of the installments together into a single post.
As I have written this series over the last year, I have to admit I have been a bit surprised at how pervasive these ideas still are within certain segments of modern Christianity. Sure, I knew that “progressive” theology is still alive and well, but it is more far-reaching than I anticipated.
In short, Machen was right. Even prescient. His book, Christianity and Liberalism, anticipates the current cultural climate remarkably well. I guess some things never change, including progressive/liberal ideals.
I have also been struck by how each of the commandments of progressive Christianity is partially true. Indeed, that is what makes them so effective. They sound quite reasonable on the surface. It’s not until you dig down deep that you notice the problems.
And most people simply don’t take the time to do that. Indeed, they don’t want to do that. We (post)modern people prefer to digest our religion through soundbites and platitudes, thank you very much.
So, here’s the complete list. Keep in mind that I didn’t do installments for #7 and #8 because they were decidedly less progressive than the others (at least as laid out in the book by Philip Gulley).
7. Meeting actual needs is more important than maintaining institutions.
8. Peacemaking is more important than power.