Progressive CHRISTIANITY. First Session October 6 th 2013 At Leaside United Church. So what else is new?. Interpretation of Scripture since 1900’s The New World after World War 2 and the 2 nd Vatican Council Baby Boomer’s abandoned institutionalized religion
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October 6th 2013
At Leaside United Church
The United Church has tried to stay relevant throughout all the above changes.
as it is the learning of new ideas concerning God.”
Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan
The reconstructionist movement of Judaism
This is what Progressive Theology tries to address.
WE have the whole world in our hands!
We have the future in our hands!
Our questions help us articulate what we know to be true. Questions are good. Doubts are accepted. Everyone has a piece of the puzzle.
An example of new thinking
How many of you read it?
Why is that?
“As it was in the beginning,
Is now and ever shall be,
World without end, AMEN!”
“The unexamined Bible is not worth reading.”
A very conservative scholar
Basis of our Law and our Society
On which you swear an oath!
It’s hard to quote the Bible with any authority if you have never actually read it.
Is now available online in over 400 translations
Did God write the Bible?
It is not a SINGLE BOOK, but a collection of writings
LOTS of other writings were not included. Very human decision-making there!
Rich and colourful, challenging and maddening. Full of sex, murder and rape. Also full of steadfast love and the story of divine original blessing, despite all our human mistakes.
The Bible is FULL of contradictions. Repeated stories (feeding of 5000, plus 4000). Two creation stories. Two birth stories of Jesus that do not cohere.
Was written over the course of thousands of years by human beings just like you and me, trying to find meaning, hope, and purpose in life on this planet
It is the Word of God revealed.
But it is not God!!!
The Bible contains the Word, but that Word actually lives inside of us, deep in our human hearts and souls. Is NOT the fourth member of the Trinity!!!! (Harrell Beck)
Not a cow,
Not even a sacred cow.
But it is SACRED!!!
A Progressive Bible doesn’t have all the bad parts removed. It is a living document again because the language is allowed to live in us in new ways.
God language (next topic)
Open minds open our inner hearts to our true selves. This is the key to progressive Christianity: helping people live lives of truth and integrity, in right relationships with their neighbours and all of creation.