Also sometimes referred to as secular, modern, or humanistic. This is an umbrella term for Protestant denominations, or churches within denominations, that view the Bible as the witness of God rather than the word of God, to be interpreted in its historical context through critical analysis. Examples include some churches within Anglican/Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ. There are more than 2,000 Protestant denominations offering a wide range of beliefs from extremely liberal to mainline to ultra-conservative and those that include characteristics on both ends.
|•||Belief in Deity |
Trinity of the Father (God), the Son (Christ), and the Holy Spirit that comprises one God Almighty. Many believe God is incorporeal.
Beliefs vary from the literal to the symbolic belief in Jesus Christ as God's incarnation. Some believe we are all sons and daughters of God and that Christ was exemplary, but not God.
|•||Origin of Universe and Life |
The Bible's account is symbolic. God created and controls the processes that account for the universe and life (e.g. evolution), as continually revealed by modern science.
|•||After Death |
Goodness will somehow be rewarded and evil punished after death, but what is most important is how you show your faith and conduct your life on earth.
|•||Why Evil? |
Most do not believe that humanity inherited original sin from Adam and Eve or that Satan actually exists. Most believe that God is good and made people inherently good, but also with free will and imperfect nature, which leads some to immoral behavior.
Various beliefs: Some believe all will go to heaven, as God is loving and forgiving. Others believe salvation lies in doing good works and no harm to others, regardless of faith. Some believe baptism is important. Some believe the concept of salvation after death is symbolic or nonexistent.
|•||Undeserved Suffering |
Most Liberal Christians do not believe that Satan causes suffering. Some believe suffering is part of God's plan, will, or design, even if we don't immediately understand it. Some don't believe in any spiritual reasons for suffering, and most take a humanistic approach to helping those in need.
|•||Contemporary Issues |
Most churches teach that abortion is morally wrong, but many ultimately support a woman's right to choose, usually accompanied by policies to provide counseling on alternatives. Many are accepting of homosexuality and gay rights.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Christian conservative leader invokes Bush while saying he'd gladly murder gays
by John in DC - 9/18/2004 03:57:24 PM
Religious right leader and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart invoked George Bush's name today, and Bush's support for the Federal Marriage Amendment, while telling his parishioners that he'd gladly murder any gay man who looked at him the wrong way. I am so kidding you not. (You can see the video here, start watching around minute 36:30 - courtesy of Atrios, Jesus' General and Hairy Fish Nuts).
This little son of a bitch said he would kill a gay man and then lie about it, saying the guy just died on his own, and his parishioners roared with approval. Then he praised God George Bush was a president willing to stand up to the gays by supporting the constitutional amendment.
I'm sorry, but in today's day and age if you go on TV and tell millions of Americans that it's ok, and downright godly, to murder gay people, and you said it while invoking the name of the president, then I think we have a problem that the Justice Department needs to investigate, and at the very least, the president needs to distance himself from this nutjob who is invoking the president's name in the same breath with murder.
As an aside, you might remember that Jimmy Swaggart is the guy who got caught hooking up with a New Orleans hooker. If you don't remember one of these great moments in TV history, click here to see Swaggart admitting he's a SINNER, and read more about Swaggart's fornication here.