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Elevated status of the human and human capabilitiesA focus on this world rather than a future “sweet by and by”Attitude toward other World Religions
With greater exposure, no longer seen as ploys of the DevilChristianity not the only true religion but the highestChristianity is the best religion to practice because its monotheisticSome modernists affirmuniversalismUniversalism: everyone is welcome into God's kingdomToday, liberalism often affirms“pluralism”with regards to religious truthPluralism: no favoritism to any religion; all religions treatedequallyThere are plural ways to GodGeorge Harrison: "All religions are branches of one bigtree. It doesn't matter what you call Him just as long as you call."View of the BibleBible was not simply authoritative because of Tradition or because the Churchleaders said it wasBible is more than tradition or than what church leader says?Ahumanbook rather than a divinely inspired textBible isa recordof human understanding of GodYou (Readers) learn from how others understood GodLiberals: how else can you test a book?So, the Bible should be tested by the authorities of modern reason and experienceBible was written by humans so it cannot be perfectIt cancontain historical or theologicalerror because the writers were human – notinerrantHigher Biblical CriticismUse of analytical tools that questioned traditional ideas of authorship of biblicalbooks and historicity of some cherished beliefsFor example, the idea that Moses was the author of the first five books ofthe Bible was challenged; Paul’s letters not all from his penThreestoried universeHeaven in the 'sky'Earth is earth whoaHell is DOWN UNDAAAH lolTolerationEnemy was not religion per se but dogmatism andintoleranceFollowing scientific method, truth is gradually discovered and ever changing; so,don’tbe intolerantabout dogmaOur understandings constantly changei.e. 100 years ago women in labor could not have epidurals, because theydid not exist and because people interpreted labor pain as punishment for theoriginal sinNowadays women can get epidurals because pain SUCKSSSSSo, ethicalliving, not theological dogma, the focus of Christianity
ChristologyFreidrich Schleiermacher, considered the father of modern liberalism,said thatJesus was fully human, not divine (homoousios)Jesus wasfully God-conscious – a veritable existence of God in himJesus reveals God through the experience of his God-consciousnessHe was the perfect model of humanity and functioned like GodJesus is Savior as perfectexampleThus, the basis of religious authority—how do we know what is true—isreligious experience (FS said the feeling ofabsolute dependenceis the essenceof religion)Fundamentalism: The Ultra-Conservative Response to LiberalismA response to liberalism in late 19thand early 20thcenturyPassionately against modernist/liberal theologyThe Name: to defend the “fundamentals” of the faithKey belief:Inerrancy how you trust/understand the bible

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Term
Fall
Professor
Holleyman
Tags
Christianity, Glossolalia, Pentecostalism, Southern Baptist Convention

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