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.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Social Change

Kathleen Parker in Townhall lauds the role evangelicals historically played in progressive movements. But rarely if ever do we find mention in such accounts of the role liberal religious folks played in these movements.

When religious folks are given accolades for ending slavery, it's not noted that it was Quakers, Unitarians, and Congregationalists who were the churches organizing against slavery. Because such churches don't fit the overall narrative of religion in this country.

There's a political point to be made. Don't worry that the religious right is working against equality for gay and lesbians, science in the classroom, etc. Because in the 1800s they did good things (ignoring what kind of religious folks were in these reform movements)

It'd be helpful to see what role evangelicals are playing today. While the religious right justify torture, discrimination, etc. there is a move by some evangelicals to distance themselves from the religious right. So maybe there is a positive contribution to be made after all.

But if this happens, it ought not be forgotten the role religious liberals have played in social movements from civil rights to the anti war movement. If this country is going to change for the better, it will be these religious liberals, and evangelicals, and "seculars" who together will make it happen.


At 1:15 AM , Blogger Joe G. said...

My understanding is that religious liberals were instrumental in the whole idea of the Social Gospel and therefore heavily involved with the Progressive Period during the late 19th Century.

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At 4:47 PM , Blogger Bill Baar said...

I think it's a mixed bag when it comes to Unitarians and slavery. The founder of my Church was driven away for being an abolitionist. He went to the Rockford church he had also founded as was again driven away.


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