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Religious Liberalism: Study Questions


Q1 – What is religious liberalism?  When did it get started in earnest?

Q2 – Is there a paradox in the liberal notion that all truths (especially those that contradict each other) can be championed equally at the same time.  Consider The United Church of Canada for example.  This denomination makes the doctrinal assertion: Our society is multicultural, our world is multifaith; our church community has varying theological perspectives within it.  Some make exclusive claims to absolute truth and find in these claims authorization to do harm. Some regard all truth as relative and are consequently complacent in the face of harm.  While believing that our faith is grounded in truth, our truth need not deny the truths of others’.”  - Question of Truth, Faith Talk II, January 2005.

Q3 – What Christian heresies are typically associated in religious liberalism?

Q4 – What role did Protestant Christians play in the secularization of nineteenth century Canadian society?

Q6 – Most research into nineteenth century religious liberalism focuses on the temporal issues at play in society; no one has asked the tough spiritual question -  What was the source of burden for these liberal Christian reformers?

Q7 – What scientific theories that influenced religious liberalism in the nineteenth century are now known to be false?

Q8 – What should be done about self-proclaimed Christians who deny the divinity of Jesus Christ?

Q9 – Is it credible and scriptural for theologians in the twenty-first century to claim more spiritually inspired wisdom on key issues of faith than the Apostle Paul?

Q10 – What should be done about self-proclaimed Christians who proselytize Darwinian dogma over divine design, or who claim there is no conflict between Darwinian and Christian worldviews?