Friday, February 25, 2011

Why I Make a Lousy Evangelical and a Lousy Progressive

Originally posted on my own personal blog.

My friend Rachel Held Evans recently wrote how she is both a lousy evangelical and a lousy progressive. I'm pretty sure Rachel is my long lost sister, because I don't fit in fully with either the evangelical label or the progressive label either! Here's why . . .

I'm a Lousy Evangelical Because:

1. I believe the world is billion years old.

2. While I haven't read The Origin of Species yet, I think there's some truth to Darwin.

3. Even though I believe the Bible is true and inspired by God, I have questions about the inerrancy part.

4. I do NOT watch Fox News!

5. I don't believe in Just War theory.

6. I've never "kissed dating goodbye."

7. I'm actually happy that Maryland is considering legalizing gay marriage.

I'm a Lousy Progressive Because:

1. I'm not a universalist.

2. I talk a lot about creation care and radical inclusivity, but I"m not very good at either one.

3. I think Paul was an alright guy.

4. I believe Jesus really did physically rise from the grave.

5. And I believe His mom was a virgin.

6. Sometimes I get tired of deconstructing theology and questioning orthodoxy.

7. Even though I won't be joining the GOP any time soon, I don't have much faith in the Democrats either.

But you know what? I actually like being somewhere in between an evangelical and a progressive. Makes me feel . . . unique.

2 comments:

  1. I'm kind of right there with you. Too progressive for the evangelical church, but not going to give up some of those things- especially 4 and 5.
    I do have hope that someday government officials will understand bi-partisanship and get things done rather than acting like spoiled little children who are fighting on the playground.

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  2. You could always look into the Libertarian Party. They have plenty of religious as well as non-religious people in it. They also have at YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com/user/ReasonTV

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