I consider myself to be a Progressive Christian. So when thinking about this post I thought I’d start with a list of core Progressive Christian beliefs. But I really struggled, because I’m still not entirely sure of what I believe. My beliefs are constantly evolving based on the books I’ve read and the conversations I’ve had.
And then I realised that this is exactly what it means to be a Progressive Christian.
As a Progressive Christian my beliefs are not static. The Bible, whilst still a core element, is one of many sources that informs my views. I consider the wisdom of Christian theologians such as Marcus Borg, Val Webb, Bruce Epperly, C.S. Lewis. I also read the works of theologians from other faiths, especially Judaism as it relates to the Old Testament as well as atheists who continually challenge the Christian faith.
I read about scientific advances in understanding the origins of the universe, evolution and psychology. And of course importantly I consider my own experiences of the world. Because although I’m not a qualified theologian, I am a human being with a brain, capable of my own critical thought and analysis.
Progressive Christianity means Faith not Certainty
For a Progressive Christian there are no certainties in faith. Everything is on the table and up for review – nothing is taboo or heresy.
As Anne Lamott said: “The opposite of faith is not doubt: It is Certainty.”