In Response to Ross Douthat

Sunday, I read Ross Douthat’s editorial in the NYT, “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?”

I’d like to share Diana Butler Bass’ response to Mr. Douthat and applaud her for her response.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this post, which I find very compelling. I loved the conclusion so much: “But I wonder: Can Liberal Churches Save Christianity?” My husband and I come from different denominations, but one thing we have always agreed on is that Christianity – _if you actually read the scripture_ – is profoundly liberal. We cannot understand how/why modern Christianity veers so sharply from what seems perfectly clear in the new testament: that we should care for the poor and marginalized of society, that we should love our neighbors as ourselves, that we should protest non-violently. I was horrified by Ross Douthat’s column. When he was a columnist for the Atlantic, I stopped subscribing in part because of him. I could not believe his hateful description of the Episcopal Church: “But it is flexible to the point of indifference on dogma, friendly to sexual liberation in almost every form, willing to blend Christianity with other faiths, and eager to downplay theology entirely in favor of secular political causes.” How is such a description any different than the hateful comments of Rick Santorum and the like about gay marriage? I’m disgusted.

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