Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity
“…virtually a manifesto of Progressive Christianity.”
– Marcus Borg
In “Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity” (HarperOne, 2012), United Methodist pastors David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy present a lively and stimulating tour of what it means to be a “progressive” Christian. Bringing together the voices of top Bible scholars, church leaders, and theological thinkers —including Marcus Borg, Diana Butler Bass, John Dominic Crossan, Brian McLaren, Helen Prejean, and John Shelby Spong— this “intro” to progressive Christianity explores theological and spiritual matters that many churches are afraid to address.
Based on the bestselling DVD course of the same name, Living the Questions explores some of the common hot-button cultural issues (like homosexuality and creationism) and, in a new light, explores why traditional faith topics such as blood atonement, the rapture, Jesus’ physical resurrection, and creationism have a justifiably shaky future moving into the 21st century.
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“A welcome book that is bold (without being contentious) and courageous (without needing to be triumphant), Felten and Procter-Murphy give voice to a faith that provides a profound alternative to the dominant ideology of ‘American Christianity.’ Attention should be paid!”
Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary
“Felten and Procter-Murphy salute the mystics of the past and some of the present moment who help us to be more open to the Divine, to let go of our clinging to ancient dogmas about God and Jesus, and to surrender to ‘not knowing’ all the answers.”
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SpiritualityandPractice.com
“This has been sorely needed for years. Felten and Procter-Murphy provide an unusual clarity about the issues that commonly confuse and divide people in our churches today and then open a pathway to a more vital and even exciting way to approach the Christian faith in the 21st century.”