More on Liberal Christian Introduction

June 25, 2006

I’ve been doing some more thinking on the issue of an introduction to liberal Christianity. I haven’t found anything online yet, which let me to think – what exactly I am I looking for?

Two important threshold questions: Firstly, whose beliefs are being introduced; and secondly, who are they being introduced to?

In essence I’m looking for a conversation. Who are the participants?

Any liberal religious group, that is a group which allows variety of belief and encourages personal seeking by individuals, will have a large number of differing theologies. I have my own personal belief system; it has a number of overlaps with other peoples; but obviously won’t be the same. Also I will place differing levels of important on issues – universalism is more important to me than whether or not we should think of God in a unitarian or trinitarian manner, for example. So should an introduction only introduce common elements, or should it present a number of differing approaches, or should it pick one approach and stick to it only?

Secondly, who are we introducing our faiths to? The message must be tailored to the audience – it is no good talking about “unitarian ecclesiology” to anyone who isn’t already knowledgeable about Christian theological jargon. (Hmm, it is ever any good talking about “unitarian ecclesiology”?)

Some obvious options:

– Unchurched: people without a specific attachment to a religion who may or may not have had some exposure to traditional believe-in-Jesus-or-hell Christianity
– Non-liberal Christian: people with a working knowledge of the common themes of Christianity, but not from a liberal or unitarian or univeralist perspective.
– Other faith: people with attachments to other faith paths such as Islam, Buddhism or paganism
– Liberal Christian: someone who would identify with beliefs close to mine

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One Response to “More on Liberal Christian Introduction”

  1. dave marshall Says:

    I’d have thought your input ought to reflect where you happen to be. Not necessarily written in the first person, but not attempting to put anyone else’s view for them. The conversation would draw in the other views, which the editors could draw on and selectively highlight in a style appropriate for the target audience.


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