So I just finished reading What Does A Progressive Christian Believe? by Delwin Brown. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the book other than to a discussion based on the first chapter of the book. In that chapter, Brown states that Progressive Christianity is different than the Religious Right, Conservative Christianity and Liberal Christianity. And I want to hone in on what Brown says about Liberal Christianity.
A progressive Christian perspective, we shall see, does not minimize the Christian mandate to make the gospel relevant in each new age, and it does not object to the sciences, democracy, empirical evidence, and certainly not to reasoned inquiry. In those respects, progressive Christianity unabashedly continues the liberal Christian outlook. However, the liberals went wrong, from a progressive perspective, when the reasoning based on (supposedly common) human experiences became for them more than valued tools and tests to be utilized in shaping the inherited Christian materials; gradually it because also the source of liberal theology. As that happened, the “material” of historic Christian faith-its stories, symbols, ideas, analyses, and imperatives-moved to the dim and largely optional margins of liberal Christian reflection. Liberal theology became something more akin to a philosophy of religion. (4-5)
So is there any distinction between Liberal and Progressive Christianity? Do you agree with Brown? Thought…comments? Please share.