Disturbed by use of terms 'liberal' and 'conservative' : Monday, March 7, 2005
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Disturbed by use of terms 'liberal' and 'conservative' : Monday, March 7, 2005
Monday, March 7, 2005

Disturbed by use of terms 'liberal' and 'conservative'

I read with interest Craig Richardson's article entitled "Postmodern Christianity explained" in the Biblical Recorder. It is reassuring to learn that younger pastors are still struggling, as we older pastors struggled, with the problems of communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our ever-changing world. However, I am disturbed with his use of the terms "liberal" and "conservative." First of all, he adopts the distorted use of "liberal" by the fundamentalists who claim to believe the Bible themselves but accuse "liberals" of being unbelievers. "Liberal" means "generous" and "free" and has nothing to do with belief or unbelief.

Secondly, his claim to be neither "liberal" nor "conservative" appears intended to solve his problem with "modern" theology. But, few of us whom the fundamentalists call "liberals" fit their definition. Rather, than being either "conservative" or "liberal," we are both "conservative" and "liberal" in our approach to the Bible and the Christian life. We are conservative in that we seek to "conserve" the truths of the Gospel our forebears delivered to us. But we are also liberal in that we realize God has not yet finished His revelation to us, in that we are free to receive new revelations at any time and in that we are generous in sharing it with everyone. Furthermore, we are convinced that no one, neither fundamentalists nor liberals knows everything about God's revelation or how we can best share it with those who have not yet experienced it.

Dowd Davis

Chapel Hill, N.C.

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