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BoundSacrifice last won the day on January 24 2013

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  1. In a conversation with a conservative Christian about my progressive (heard by them as "heretical", I'm sure) views, the best answer I could give for the reason I was a Progressive Christian as opposed to a Conservative one was this; "The point of religion is not to achieve an 'us-vs.-them' mentality in which we're always on the winning side, but to guide us through life so that we might be better people, and aiding in bringing a better time on Earth not just for our particular group of people, but for everyone. What God wants for this Earth is not for humans to fight each other to extinction
  2. Wow. That elegantly expressed exactly (tongue twister) what I've been thinking for months.
  3. http://www.praytellblog.com/index.php/2012/05/02/stats-on-religion-in-the-us-mostly-depressing-declines-for-catholics-and-mainline-protestants/ As you can see, 7th day Adventists and Southern Baptists are doing fine (as well as Mormons for some reason), while the mainline denominations are shrinking. It's just really sad to me.
  4. Has anybody seen the figures from the Episcopal Church? that membership has dropped nearly 25 percent in the past decade? How about in more conservative churches, which are flourishing? There is a serious problem within Liberal Christianity. We are losing more and more members every day, and unless we do something to stop this hemorrhaging, there will be nothing left. What can we do? First we have to realize something. Conservative Christianity is a default for many Christians, at least in the U.S. Liberal Christianity is harder by nature. It requires the person to think, to rationalize th
  5. Hey there stopman. I'm from the Bible Belt too, so I relate to your problem. In my area nearly all Christians are conservative so the majority of my friends are Atheists. I'd be glad to talk with you about anything if you'd like You'll find no judgement here, only friendship and fellowship.
  6. Hello everyone, Today, I began a college-level course regarding the historical Jesus and a study of the New Testament, as well as some background information on Judah, Hebrew and Greek, and the history of the Jewish people. Being that this was the first day of class and the professor didn't want to get into any heavy material yet, she asked everyone in the room what they could name as facts about Jesus. Some of the replies I heard were humorous at best, and a little frightening at worst. Among these "facts" were that "He is our Savior" and "He rose from the dead". The entire time I was
  7. This is a bit of a problem for me as well. I grew up attending a church that was "Non-Denominational", but was extremely conservative in nature. I know from long talks regarding theology that the pastor at this church believed that the only way to heaven was not only from believing exclusively in Jesus, but that Baptism was absolutely necessary for salvation. He was a dispensationalist (which I was also for some time), and the overall feeling of the church was very tight-knit, and exclusivist. There are many negative things about conservative theology, but the one thing that I truly miss i
  8. My favorite author is by far Marcus Borg.
  9. Thank you all so much! And Thanks soma, it's taken from Psalms.
  10. I match up closest with Unitarian Universalism, which is what I call myself anyway (Liberal Christian Unitarian) so... Good!
  11. Hello everybody! I'll choose to keep my state undisclosed for privacy, but I'm from the Bible Belt. I'd never heard of progressive Christianity until a few months ago during a talk with my Old Testament Prophecy professor. She referred me to Marcus J. Borg, a progressive Christian scholar whom I'm sure many of you are familiar with. I'd been a Christian for the first decade and a half of my life, but since that time was an Atheist. All of the theology I'd ever heard was the 'Believe now for the sake of heaven later" theology. I've always loved the community of Christianity, but the harsh doctr
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