Threat, Challenge or Opportunity?
A response to the Internet article by Alisa Childers
4th March 2021
I rather like this article by Alisa Childers, extracted from the Internet.
Although her position on Christian faith is not my own, I acknowledge that she knows what she is talking about. This is in contrast to so much comment on a topic from one side or another when neither side is prepared to listen to or understand that other. Alisa’s 5 signs shows that she has done her research and can write from a knowledgeable base. Her approach contrasts clearly the difference between traditional orthodox Christianity and “progressive” Christianity.
She then makes the considered decision to stay with her tradition. From my perspective, however, it is interesting to note that she implies that, of the members of her initially “evangelical” congregation, she and her husband were the only ones to do so. The rest of the congregation appear to have chosen the progressive path.
This sort of process is at the heart of my programme of scholarships for theological students. These are two starkly, one might say opposing, approaches to Christian faith. We have a choice of which we find the more satisfying. But that choice is going to be more firmly based if we have the knowledge to make an informed judgement. That can only be done if we are prepared to expose ourselves, as Ms Childers, has done, to both points of view.
In that way I would hope no matter which path we choose. we can be more confident exponents of the Jesus Way we would hope to proclaim.
PS The link to Alisa’s website is Alisa Childers I Blog . There is a long list of comments to her original article.
PS Those interested in discussion relevant to “progressive” Christianity may like to Google “UC Forum” or follow the link, http://www.ucforum.unitingchurch.org.au/