If you google ‘progressive Christianity’ you can find the website of the British or the American progressive Christians. They have 2 different 8 point statements. I have copied the British one because it transferred to WordPress, whereas the American one wouldn’t – it is not an indication of theological preference on my part! The words in italics are my reflections on same.
“By calling ourselves progressive Christians we mean that we are Christians who…
Yes, I can understand that; I don’t personally believe in any kind of god ‘out there’ and I don’t know whether progressives believe in the supernatural or not; but if I was looking for God I reckon the life and teachings of Jesus would be as good a place to start as any.
I notice the use of the phrase ‘God’s realm’. Does this mean the ‘Kingdom of God’? Probably not. This looks like not just Christian ecumenism but interfaith as well. It seems to mean ‘you leave us alone (we know we must seem a bit odd to you) and we’ll leave you alone’. ‘Live and let live’, in other words. It feels a bit defensive. Perhaps implying ‘we know we’re on the fringes of the church and most Christians have never heard of us, but PLEASE TAKE US SERIOUSLY!’ A pity this point doesn’t come last, surely relations with the wider world are more important.
3) Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God’s feast for all peoples;
I personally have never heard of this ‘ancient vision’; can we have chapter and verse please? This tells us that communion has a high priority for them and that they want to be inclusive. I wonder, though, to what extent non-Christians want to be included in the celebration of the Christian eucharist.
conventional Christians and questioning sceptics
women and men
those of all sexual orientations and gender identities
those of all races and cultures
those of all classes and abilities
those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope;
Well, good luck with that – it’s very PC. I notice that atheists aren’t mentioned, so I guess Zingcreed is beyond the pale.
Yes, I suppose that is OK. ‘By their fruits ye shall know them.’
Very vague and generalised. I suppose it has to be, so every member can read into it whatever she wants. It’s peace, justice, environmentalism and the marginalised in that order.
Although ‘renunciation of privilege’ (whatever that means in practice), has potentially got some bite to it, the rest – though well-meaning – is too abstract. I think the original Zingcreed Christian/Atheist manifesto expresses it much more vividly.
- Awakening through sound
- Crop circle trip
- Active dreaming
- The Inca path
- Self-healing and vision improvement
- The power of how
- Deep soul diving
- Dreaming the future
- Waking up in the matrix.
What would Jesus go to?
Related Zingcreed Posts:
To be a pilgrim: Seekers vs Believers (Progressives v. Evangelicals)
What conservative Christians believe (and I don’t)
What liberal Christians believe
Radical Christian attempts to define God
Realist and non-realist views of God