From: John W Burgeson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Sep 19 2003 - 11:42:56 EDT
Richard wrote: " It's not the YEC's who bring harm to Christianity. It is
the postmodernist-relativist interpretation of the Word that causes the
greatest harm and creates masses of ex-Christians."
A provocative claim. What are your grounds for it? I know the
fundamentalist preachers have this as a chief argument. But I've not seen
them argue any grounds, either.
I personally know a fair number of "post modernists." And I've read
others. David Ray Griffin, for instance. How is Griffin causing "great
harm" and "creating masses of ex-Christians?"
In all my correspondence and personal conversations with Griffin, and
Marcus Borg, another post modernist, and William Dean, another post
modernist, I have encountered Christian gentlemen, devout, sincerely
interested in how to relate the faith to 21st century humanity. Borg's
lectures at Montview Presbyterian Church in 2002 drew large audiences,
almost all from local Christian communities. I find the writings of these
fellow Christians stimulating, and supportive of the faith.
Note that I do not agree with any of them in all they say and write. But
they make me think.
At our fairly conservative Presbyterian church in Durango, we will be
studying another post modernist, Spong, this fall. His book, Why
Christianity Must Change, or Die, is, of course, provocative. I expect we
will, both collectively and individually, take issue with much Spong
argues. But that is one way to learn.
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