Not long ago, Tony Jones posed an interesting thought and a question: The words “liberal” and “progressive” are not adequate descriptors of a certain group of Christians because they are not theological terms. As such, what term would best be used to describe Christians who are not conservative/Evangelical?
The other day, Tony announced the results. And the winner is: Incarnational Christian. I was torn between two choices: Incarnational and Open. Trinitarian Christian, in my opinion, is repetitive. It’s like saying “single bachelor.” Kerygmatic Christian takes way too much explaining to do. And Prophetic Christian makes me think of people like John Crowder, so that choice was out.
The task at hand now is to further elaborate on what it means to be an incarnational Christian.
While I respect what Tony is trying to do, I have to wonder if this will really catch on. I think we’d best be served by trying to reclaim the term Progressive Christian instead of creating a new label. That’s just my opinion. I’m not particularly wed to the term progressive, but I don’t see the point in changing it when terms can be reclaimed.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter.