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 Religious Liberals
Wren
Posted: Feb 8 2008, 06:20 PM


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I came across this term "religious liberals" today and was wondering if anyone can explain what this is. I mean, it sounds obvious, but other than the "obvious", is there anything else I may be missing? (for example, is there a particular group of people or church that name themselves as such, and are they of any particular denomination?)

Whether or not you know what the term means, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

Thanks. :)
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Fastpitch
Posted: Feb 9 2008, 09:10 AM


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Wren I have quoted Wayne Jackson of the Christian Courier: “Liberalism” (in the classical sense of the word) is a rather flexible term that reflects an ideological disposition that developed in the 1800s, and reached an intense level in America during the days preceding World War II. Increasingly, it has found its way among the people of God. Theological “liberalism” is characterized by several arrogant attitudes.

Liberalism seeks to establish a gulf between itself and an acknowledgement of the historical accuracy and authority of the Scriptures. Allegedly, the discoveries of the modern scientific community have progressively and significantly made the Bible irrelevant to the modern man.

Liberalism exalts human “reason” over the testimony of Scripture. All events in the Bible (especially the miraculous) must be measured by modern “experience,” rather than judged in the light of credible, historical testimony. The supernatural events of the Scriptures, therefore, are dismissed, or else they are given some sort of mystical twist that allows one to claim that he respects the Bible, while, at the same time, he recycles the events of history in order to placate the presuppositions of skepticism. In reality, classical liberalism is the stepchild of infidelity."

How many times have we heard the saying, "Oh, we all want to get to heaven, many are taking different routs"? Sounds great...but, it is not a biblical sound hermeneutic....anyway, I thought Wayne had a very good definition of "Liberalism."

Is it cold in Canada? I have seen a number of cars heading South down I-75 toward Florida, with Canadian plates.
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Wren
Posted: Feb 9 2008, 01:02 PM


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Thanks for the feedback, Fastpitch. :)

Well, it isn't cold here in Canada...at least not in Montreal, it isn't, because we have had a lot of snow this year. I much prefer the snow to the frigid minus 30 temperatures, this is for sure.
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ollie
Posted: Feb 19 2008, 08:24 AM


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Many times I find the label of liberalism attached to differing thoughts on scripture. In other words if a verse of the Bible says something to one person or denomination that is different from what another person or denomination says, then the first party will refer to the second party as liberal. The first party believing thier view is the true and conservative one and the second party is taking liberties. It is very divisive.

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ollie
Posted: Nov 2 2009, 05:58 PM


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Paul reveals some liberalism, or perhaps liberty, towards others in Romans 14:1-23.
However what is allowed in liberality must not violate one's faith or conscience in the Lord or it is sin.

ollie
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