Many people who call themselves Progressive Christians must have been surprised by this comment in a recent article by Fred Schmidt:

“Progressive” Christians have yet to articulate in theological categories what they believe in, so it is hard to identify what they believe out—except by resorting to political assumptions… If all that Progressive Christianity has going for it is that it is politically progressive, then there is really no reason to wrap churchy language around it.

Many of us have been writing and teaching Progressive theology and spirituality for years and have framed robust Christian visions of reality along with practices that deepen our vision and sense of mission. We can cite the work of The Center for Progressive Christianity, the writings of Marcus Borg, Eric Elnes, Diana Butler Bass, and process theologians such as John Cobb, Jay McDaniel, Catherine Keller, Marjorie Suchocki, Rita Nakashima Brock, Clark Williamson, and myself, to name a few.

Perhaps, our progressive nature has kept us from making universal statements applicable to all people. Further, humbled by the immensity and variety of the universe, we may not always be bold enough in our preaching and proclamation. In light of the critique of Fred Schmidt, whose work I greatly admire, Progressives need to be more explicit in sharing the good news of Progressive theology and spirituality as essential to their political and social positions.

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