For eighteen hundred years the church knew why it was in business. The church had the keys to the kingdom; it offered salvation; it sold eternal life. After the protestant reformation and the multiple splits and the creation of a multiplicity of denominations, there may have been debates about who had the right tickets to heaven, but everyone knew why the church was in business. We were selling the tickets to salvation. We were brokers for a "life after death" pass.
Somewhere after the 1950s, as our society tried to adjust to our growing multi-culture nation, the idea that Christianity was the only way to get to heaven began to lose hold in our mainline churches. In our universities and seminaries the biblical concepts of heaven, eternal life and salvation were quietly being debated by scholars. And over the years, rather quietly, a profound shift occurred in our liberal churches. We no longer saw ourselves as the sole gate keepers to eternal life.
Thanks to new scholarship and new information more clergy, lay leaders and even a few congregations have begun to rethink their approach to religious beliefs. But it is the rare progressive Christian scholar or clergy who is asks the question, "What is our purpose for doing church today?
- President of Progressive Christianity, Fred Plumer
Join us Tuesday at my guest Fred Plumer discusses some of the most controversial beliefs religion holds today and how we can Snap Out of resisting the opportunity to rethinks everything!
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