People have asked me if I align myself with The Center for Progressive Christianity… This question teases out my underlying perspective…
Over the last fifteen years I have promoted Progressive Christianity. What puts me at odds with a small fraction of “Progressive Christian” writings is my international perspective. I’m interested in not just a Progressive Christianity but a Global Christianity (I think a Global Progressive Christianity will take shape in my lifetime).
I celebrate perspectives that push the envelope of the global Christian community.[i] Perspectives that totally disregard and leave behind the global Christian community don’t interest me. For instance the widely held belief among many progressive Christians that Jesus was a human wisdom teacher who happened to found a world religion, period, doesn’t interest me. It’s too far removed from the global Christian community and two thousand years of witnesses, who claim that something utterly unique happened with Jesus (Incarnation).
[i] Here I’m referring primarily to the World Council of Churches (WCC). Online: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/
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