A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

The Methodist Church of New Zealand has recently approved the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy . There's plenty of media focus on those religious groups which are anti-gay. Hopefully the picture of Christianity will begin to be modified to reflect the increasing number of churches which are including gay and lesbians into the full life and ministry of the church.

Earlier I had mentioned the Anglican Network, the conservative organization which hopes to kick the Episcopal Church out so it can become the US recognized presence of the Anglican Communion.

A recent piece at Andrew Carey's website points to the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' encouragement and support in the formation of this new organization, including even proposing name ideas. Is punishment and expulsion of the Episcopal church an already forgone conclusion? It sure is beginning to look like it.

With growing stridency, Muslim liberals are saying that it is high time for Muslims to act, to stop their faith from being hijacked and turned into a cult-like vehicle for a clash of civilisations.

I share the hope that this Economist piece has, that a liberal Islam can reform and modernize the religion. I also think that some social democratic governments in Europe could play a role in this effort. But what I find odd is how the right in this country could embrace such a vision when they usually struggle against such a thing within Christianity.

3 Comments:

At 6:11 PM , Blogger CK said...

I think that since, for the majority of very conservative Christians in the US, Islam is already a deviation from true religion, what matters is that it evolves into something more compatible with the goals of democracy. Or, if not democracy, US imperialism...

Since conservative Christians are defending the Truth, they don't want to view themselves in the same way--a religious/cultural expression of their specific time/place which may require modification. Their Truth is timeless...

 
At 6:13 PM , Blogger CK said...

Oh, and I saw your 'about you' page--I'd enjoy any pointers you have about integrating philosophy with religious studies. I started my MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary but dropped out, and am now pursing my MA in philosophy at Univ Missouri - STL.
Thanks!!

 
At 4:21 PM , Blogger Rick said...

Nice post. The problem with those who claim to be "orthodox" and label others as heretics is that they are the one's who are attaching the labels. Funny, for a religion that is supossed to be about love there sure is a lot of hate. Nice to have found your blog.

Peace,
Rick, a visitor

 

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