Fearing Theological Innovation, Clinging to Orthodoxy



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I'm reading Stephen Prothero's "Why Liberals win cultural wars (even when they lose elections." While concerned with politis, its axions apply

I'm reading Stephen Prothero's "Why Liberals Win Culture Wars (Even When They Lose elections." While of a political analysis, I see the axioms he presents as applicable for the UMC as well. He says conservatives always start the culture wars and always lose them. History proves this so. Our religious right is fighting an rear-guard action, even the loudest mouths are opposing the future and destined to fail. Look at The Islamic Republic of Iran: even as they have an iron grip, it's unable to play whack-a-mole at every effort toward liberation. So it is in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Despite agitation we will never return to Phalangist rule in Spain or christofascism here.

George Nixon Shuler more than 5 years ago

Modification of my theology of women

I am on equal footing with any man: I am as much a sinner in need of God’s Amazing Grace as any man. Basic orthodox Christian doctrine does an amazing job of promoting gender equality. And just for the record, I did not vote for Obama because he was black, I did not vote for him because I thought he would make a pitiful President and he is. That is the same reason I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. For all his imperfections, based on his speech at the Republican Convention, Donald Trump has the best grasp of what the role of government is: create an atmosphere where ALL individuals have the opportunity to flourish—not just a select minority. That atmosphere includes freedom to believe in a creator God--or not--and how that God does or does not impact my life.

Betsy more than 5 years ago

Why waste time reinventing the wheel?

I spent a long time knowing some random things about God and a whole lot about the world, including how to "do church well". I finally became so lost and confused I distanced myself from all things church and stumbled into the Heidelberg Catechism and a very modern book about it, "Body & Soul" by M. Craig Barnes. This is where I finally encountered an understanding about God and myself that made complete and total sense. I love that this understanding is rooted in historical Christian orthodoxy that has survived for 2000 years. I don't need any new and improved innovation because I am already standing in the wide open space of God's amazing grace. In fact, I wish I had been exposed to this teaching a long time ago--it would have made a huge difference in my life. Truth is you have never been exposed to a clear teaching of basic orthodox Christianity because mainline Christianity in America--and that includes The United Methodist Church--lost its grip on that particular doctrine in the 1800's. Maybe you ought to give it a whirl before you try to understand why people won't let go of it! Another very good modern book is "The Good News We Almost Forgot" by Kevin DeYoung. In the introduction DeYoung makes this statement that I fully agree with:

"No doubt, the church in the west has many new things to learn. But for the most part, everything we need to learn is what we’ve already forgotten. The chief theological task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or to be relevant but to remember. We must remember the old, old story. We must remember the faith once delivered to the saints. We must remember the truths that spark reformation, revival, and regeneration…In a church age confused about the essential elements of the Christian faith—and whether Christianity has any doctrinal center at all—the Heidelberg Catechism offers a relentless reminder of the one doctrine that matters most: We are great sinners and Christ is a greater Savior. "

Betsy more than 5 years ago

God is the One to Fear

People who really respect God, have a serious fear of God. That's what holds them to orthodox positions, like those found in the bible, with real dedication. When you are absorbed in obeying God, innovative theology seems like man's misguided invention when compared to the amazing ways God has revealed about Himself and how He would like us to live. His ways not only honor God and bring glory to Him, but are better for us in the here and now!

Skipper Anding more than 5 years ago