Reaping and sowing

Best major newspaper opinion column on religion that I’ve read in a long, long time. Charlotte Allen of Beliefnet dissects the dying phenomenon that is liberal Christianity, and concludes with this zinger:

So this is the liberal Christianity that was supposed to be the Christianity of the future: disarray, schism, rapidly falling numbers of adherents, a collapse of Christology and national meetings that rival those of the Modern Language Assn. for their potential for cheap laughs. And they keep telling the Catholic Church that it had better get with the liberal program — ordain women, bless gay unions and so forth — or die. Sure.

Go read it all.

(HT: Caveman)

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1 Response to “Reaping and sowing”


  1. 1 jeff July 11, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    I read the article, but I am not sure that I agree completely. The PCUSA, of which I am a member, is actually (if it survives this latest tumult) relatively close to a turn around. There are a couple of reasons for this. The single biggest reason is that the emerging clergy are evangelical. More PCUSA ordinands graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary than graduate from our several denominational seminaries. The liberalism that is present in the PCUSA is currently concentrated in denominational executives, professors, and administrators who are ordained but not serving parishes. They tend to be old, frankly, and if the denomination survives long enough we might be able to bid them adieu.

    Tom Oden’s recent book Turning Around the Mainline shows how the “confessing movements” in most mainline denominations are growing even while the institutionalists whither. If we can hold on, by God’s grace, things may move in a better direction.


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