About Progressive Christianity
"...embrace the search not certainty"
Progressive Christianity represents the most liberal wing of Christianity,
just as fundamentalist Christianity is the most conservative.
There is no actual denomination of progressive Christians. Rather, they are
found scattered among a wide range of liberal and mainline Protestant
denominations; some are even found within evangelical denominations, Roman Catholicism, and
Eastern Orthodoxy. They are not necessarily particularly vocal about their
In a wide-ranging 27 minute interview by Allan Gregg, retired bishop John Spong explains his progressive Christian beliefs about Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ), many traditional Christian beliefs, the early history of the Christian Church, and many other topics:
During much of the 20th century, those Unitarian Universalist congregations associated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in the U.S. (commonly
called the Unitarian Universalist Association or UUA) and Unitarian congregations associated with the Canadian Unitarian Council in Canada were considered the most progressive Christian faith groups in North America. However, over time, both groups evolved to being primarily Humanistic in belief, while their progressive Chrisitian members became a minority.
Review by Publishers Weekly: "Spong, the iconoclastic former Episcopal bishop of Newark, details in this impassioned work both his 'deep commitment to Jesus of Nazareth' and his 'deep alienation from the traditional symbols' that surround Jesus. For Spong, scholarship on the Bible and a modern scientific worldview demonstrate that traditional teachings like the Trinity and prayer for divine intervention must be debunked as the mythological trappings of a primitive worldview. These are so much 'religion,' which was devised by our evolutionary forebears to head off existential anxiety in the face of death. What's left? The power of the 'Christ experience,' in which Jesus transcends tribal notions of the deity and reaches out to all people. Spong says Jesus had such great 'energy' and 'integrity' about him that his followers inflated to the point of describing him as a deity masquerading in human form; however, we can still get at the historical origin of these myths by returning to Jesus' humanity, especially his Jewishness."
About the Author: "John Shelby Spong [1931- ] was the Episcopal (Anglican) bishop of Newark for twenty-four years. Since then he has taught at Harvard, Drew, the University of the Pacific, and the Berkeley Graduate Theological Union. Selling over a million copies, his books include The Sins of Scripture, Eternal Life: A New Vision, Jesus for the Non-Religious, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, and his autobiography, Here I Stand. His weekly online column reaches thousands of subscribers all over the world. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Morris Plains, New Jersey."