Our desire to test theology, whether it is strange or not, reinforces our reverence toward God

Questioning the validity of orthodoxy is anything but spiritual error because Scripture calls us to test such things. Church authorities are the ones fighting opposition, refusing to allow there to be diversity among their lambs. We who are committed to the testing all things are not forsaking the LORD. Our desire to test theology, whether it is strange or not, reinforces our reverence toward God. I cannot imagine a scenario beyond one in which Jesus succeeds in drawing everyone to himself.
Christian Universalism is anything but heretical because it is built on a solid foundation—the unfailing love of God.

Source: Is Christian Universalism a Slippery Slope?

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Christian nationalism, a belief supported by Dominion theology, wants an American Christian theocracy

Christian nationalism is the false belief that America is a Christian nation, a belief supported by Dominion theology. It is a radical right wing movement composed of Christian extremists that want to rewrite American history, and replace the secular values upon which this nation was founded with a Christian theocracy.

Source: Trump Promotes Christian Nationalism At National Prayer Breakfast

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Christian escapism is really bad theology

Christian escapism is really bad theology. If God so loves the world, then how does it makes sense that we’re trying to leave it? Rapture theology is dangerous theology because it essentially says that we aren’t stewards of creation – it’s all going to be destroyed anyway so why bother. Oh and war – no biggie, remember, all the unsaved will be killed by God and the earth will be ravaged, so why bother. Makes for great foreign policy, environmental stewardship, and more, doesn’t it? We are called to participate in the unfolding of the kingdom of God right now, here on earth. We’re called on to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to visit the sick and imprisoned, to go and make disciples. If God wanted to whisk us away, then why on earth would Jesus command us to do these things?

Source: OnFaith Commentary: Christian Escapism

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Racism, white supremacy are ‘a Christian problem’ 

“We need to be much more vocal and proactive in speaking out against racism in all its forms — individual and structural. If we can’t do that, we’re going to be irrelevant as a church.” – Floerke Scheid

Source: Christian ethicists: Racism, white supremacy are ‘a Christian problem’ | National Catholic Reporter

Anna Floerke Scheid is associate professor of theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Her research interests are in the area of Christian social ethics.  In particular she is concerned with ethical issues surrounding human rights, conflict, and post-conflict reconciliation.  She explores Christian perspectives on war and peace-especially just war theory and just peacemaking theory-and studies how restorative justice has been enacted in truth and reconciliation commissions around the world.

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Our theology should quicken the conscience and soften the heart

“If our theology does not quicken the conscience and soften the heart, it actually hardens both.” — J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer is a British-born Canadian Christian theologian in the low church Anglican and Reformed traditions. He currently serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He has been the theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America since its inception in 2009. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jipacker_

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I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed

“I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed, each day that I turn my back on the poor; I deny the resurrection of Christ when I close my ears to the cries of the downtrodden and lend my support to an unjust and corrupt system.” — Peter Rollins

Peter Rollins is a Northern Irish writer, public speaker, philosopher and theologian who is a prominent figure in Radical Theology. Follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/PeterRollins

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‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

“It’s one of the dirty little secrets of American politics that there has been a religious left all along and it just hasn’t done a good job of organizing. It has taken a crisis, or perceived crisis, like Trump’s election to cause folks on the religious left to really own their religion in the public square.” — J. Patrick Hornbeck II

J. Patrick Hornbeck II is chairman of the theology department at Fordham University, a Jesuit school in New York.

See: ‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

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Our time summons us out of Christian quietism to public advocacy

“Our time summons us out of Christian quietism to public advocacy for justice, a hopeful form of resistance to the dominant culture.” — Molly T. Marshall

Molly T. Marshall is president and professor of theology and spiritual formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas.

See: Living out the ‘fierce urgency’ of the prophets in U.S. culture

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Prophets shine the light of justice into the dark corners

“Prophets scrutinize those policies and practices that most of us blithely ignore, and they shine the light of justice into the dark corners.” — Molly T. Marshall

Molly T. Marshall is president and professor of theology and spiritual formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas.

See: Living out the ‘fierce urgency’ of the prophets in U.S. culture

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Trump and prosperity preachers

“Trump and prosperity preachers don’t see money as something you don’t have to be afraid of. Everyone makes fun of Trump for being garish. But both have theologies that justify and baptize the wealth they accrue. This is the culmination of several decades of building political capital within the prosperity gospel movement.” — Kate Bowler

Kate Bowler is an expert on the prosperity gospel and author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel. Read the full story: An Ultra-Capitalist Christian Sect Is Taking Center Stage At The RNC, Thanks To Donald Trump

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