Is it Possible to be Christian in the Twenty First Century? - Text and Audio Files


A panel presentation to a meeting of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria on 22 February 2015

THE TOPIC
The core understandings of traditional Christianity were developed within a worldview dramatically different from informed contemporary worldviews. Is it possible to be Christian today?

What could a positive and passionate contemporary Christianity look like?

1. Evolution has changed our understanding of humans.
What could a Christian understanding of human life be in the 21st century?
Speaker: DAVID MERRITT 

2. Biblical writings were regarded by many of our ancestors in the faith and some
commentators today as the divinely inspired Word of God and an exclusive guide to all truth. Contemporary studies and human experience have shown that there is a great diversity of ethical and theological assumptions among the Biblical authors reflecting the knowledge and context of these ancient writers.

How could a meaningful understanding and experience of the Bible enrich our Christian life and practice in the 21st century?
Speaker: CHRIS PAGE

3. In the creeds of the early Christian centuries Jesus is depicted as a divine figure securing salvation through his sacrificial death. More recent biblical and historical studies have shown the varied understandings of Jesus in the first centuries of Christianity. 

What could a Christian understanding of Jesus be in the 21st century?
Speaker: LORRAINE PARKINSON


1 comment:

  1. Chris Page utilised Karen Armstrong's contrast between Mythos and Logos. The major problem with juxtaposing Mythos and Logos is that Mythos itself is myth plus Logos.
    Logos is truth. It is our method of dealing with objective reality, and relies on rational scientific thought.
    On the other hand, the use of myth is one of our methods of dealing with subjective reality. Myth is an integral aspect of the aesthetic realm. We are immersed in it in our everyday world of novels, theatre, cinema, television and videos. Our staple diet of 'Cops and Robbers' involves our highest values in the form of the battle between good and evil.
    So although it may be true, as Karen Armstrong claims, that we have lost Mythos in the modern world, we certainly have not lost our addiction to myth. However, we no longer believe that myth is reality.
    David Miller, Existentialist Society - www.existentialistmelbourne.org

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