On the decline of liberal religionPosted: July 18, 2012
In his July 14, 2012, column, “Can Liberal Religion Be Saved?” Ross Douthat mourns a lack of religious options. He indicts liberal religion for its relativism and secularism. He paints conservative religion as compromised by a heretical health-and-wealth theology. But this dichotomy betrays a lack of imagination. Obscured by the unrelenting culture wars, an evangelical left has sought for several decades now to pave a third way. Theologically conservative, but politically progressive evangelicals have allied with moderate Catholics around a “consistent life ethic.” They have defied political orthodoxies in their attacks on abortion, capital punishment, poverty, nuclear proliferation, and spiritual malaise. In an era plagued by the dislocations of modernity and the relativism of postmodernity, mainliners and fundamentalists might do well to follow the lead of progressive evangelicals in emphasizing both social reform and personal conversion.
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And here Diana Butler Bass points out that liberals are not the only ones losing adherents. Conservatives are too.