Liberal Christian denominations putting themselves out of business, warns Times columnist
CWN – July 16, 2012
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat argues that by adapting themselves to the liberal secular culture, liberal Christian denominations have been making themselves irrelevant, since if you’re looking for secular liberalism you don’t need to go to church to find it. As a result, Douthat notes, the liberal denominations are hemorrhaging members, and may cease to exist.
Exhibit A for Douthat’s argument is the Episcopal Chuch. The columnist observes that Episcopalianism today “looks roughly how Roman Catholicism would look if Pope Benedict XVI suddenly adopted every reform ever urged on the Vatican by liberal pundits and theologians.” The church buildings, vestments, and rituals are familiar, but the denomination is “flexible to the point of indifference on dogma,” and those who are interested in faith look elsewhere.
Additional sources for this story: Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved? (New York Times) www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/opinion/sunday/douthat-can-liberal-christianity-be-saved.html?_r=2