Things have been really interesting as of late concerning the labels Christians use when referring to themselves and/or others. The “liberal label” is thrown around without any regard to its historical context. Just recently, I found myself being called a liberal heretic.
A few weeks ago, Tony Jones suggested that the Liberal/Progressive label was both politically loaded and had no theological value. His solution was to pick a new label. After opening the comments up to suggestions, picking some of the suggestions, and putting the suggestions to a vote, incarnational Christian won. In a series of posts, Jones laid out what he thinks it means to be an incarnational Christian (here and here). I have to admit, I voted for incarnational Christian. That said, while I like Tony and commend him for what he’s done, part of me feels that this is an exercise in futility. No matter what label the Christian left picks, it will be the Christian right will just supplant it with the Liberal label.
Michael Bird posted a critique of Liberal Christianity which prompted a response from James McGrath and Kevin at Diglotting. McGrath then went on to ask the question, “Are atheists basically just like liberal believers?” A response came from Unreasonable Faith.
Tripp and Bo over at Homebrewed Christianity have done a few podcasts on the topic. I am having issues connecting to the site. As soon as that is resolved, I will update with links.
Quite frankly, I’m getting a little sick of the Christian Wars. In my opinion, the Christian Right needs to actually read some Liberal Theology and not base their opinions off of something written a century ago by someone with an apparent axe to grind. And, the Christian Left (myself included) needs to be able to articulate their faith. Both sides need to stop with the name calling. We’re acting like a bunch of 5 year-olds.