Category Archives: Progressive Christian

About Progressive Christianity, especially in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australasia

What THIS Presbyterian Believes

In response to “What Presbyterians Believe” (except me), here are a few things I think about. .”  John Shuck

I believe…

  1. in evolutionary theory. This obviously includes human beings. Evolution and science in general have had major implications regarding theology that we mostly ignore or in our worse moments deny. Continue reading What THIS Presbyterian Believes

Progressive and Christian? Feminist and Christian?

Isn’t this a contradiction in terms? 

Elizabeth Schüssler-Fiorenza
Elizabeth Schüssler-Fiorenza

In the 1980s I was involved in debates over whether we could be a feminist and a christian.  The answer very much depended, of course, by what we mean by christian.   For Daphne Hampson, a UK feminist, the answer was no.  Christianity was and is and ever shall be irredeemably patriarchal.

For Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, a US Catholic feminist the answer was yes.  She identified a thread of counter culture that had always been present in Christianity – and it was this that she identified with.  Not the establishment voice, but the voice of prophecy, the cries for justice, the Sophia tradition of wisdom. Continue reading Progressive and Christian? Feminist and Christian?