Midweek Fix: The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity
We had the pleasure of having Dr. Michael Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte, to discuss liberalism and its infiltration into the church.
Below is an excerpt from his blog and you can find more on The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity by following this link:
The abiding presence of liberal Christianity struck me the other day when I came across a daily “devotional” from Richard Rohr. Ironically, it was entitled, “Returning to Essentials.” And that devotional listed out 10 principles that Rohr thinks Christianity needs to embody (his list is actually drawn from Philip Gulley’s book, If the Church Were Christian).
As I read over this list, I realized that it is essentially a confessional statement of liberalism (while, at the same time, pretending to deplore confessionals statements). It was, more or less, a “10 commandments” for progressive Christianity.
And when you read these 10 commandments, they sound not so much like they were gathered on the mountain top but rather in the university classroom. It’s less about God revealing his desires, but more about man revealing his. It’s less Moses, more Oprah.
But take note: each of these commandments is partially true. Indeed, that is what makes this list, and progressive Christianity as a whole, so challenging. It is a master class in half-truths which sound appealing on the surface until you dig down deeper and really explore their foundations and implications.