History Repeats Itself In Our Lifetime!
Just as the advent of the printing press (1440) brought about the original Reformation(1517) and begat the growing Protestant Christianity, so modern mass market publishing (c.1960), the internet (1993), and near universal literacy (c.2000) brought about the New Reformation and begat the growing NEW Christianity.
This exponential growth of available information and opinion created a conflict for many between what they were hearing in church from the local clergy and what they knew from other sources.
Many found they could no longer set aside their intellect at the church door. Unable to resolve this conflict for themselves, many people have simply stopped going to church, becoming part of the vast “church alumni” group.
Others have accepted this conflict as a challenge to grow and have begun to seek out others with similar concerns, in person, in books and online, to hear how others resolve the conflicts. These avid seekers have used these resources to evolve personal theologies that makes sense to them. They have found, through an often long, difficult, and lonely journey, a way to integrate science and contemporary scholarship with their experience of who God has been in their lives. This is the group that has begun to identify themselves in a number ways including the NEW Christians.
For them it is no longer helpful either to quote the bible or a catechism as if that now ended all discussion. The modern mind asks for reasons to believe, and demands to be taken through a process that respects them as equally beloved of God, and that encourages them to come to their own conclusions.
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6Why Weren’t We Told Gary Bouma
7Kissing Fish Roger Wolsey
8Looking Around for God James Autry
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God’s Word? Well, Sorta!
Return to the Mystical Tradition
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Do You Admire Jesus?
Resurrection Yes, Resusitation No!
Easter Faith: Reconstituting the Church
Saving Jesus From The Church
Rethinking Good Friday
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