Cal Thomas on Why Liberal Christians Aren't Really Christian
Eduardo Moisés Peñalver July 10, 2007 - 4:26pm
Liberal faith, which is to say a faith that discounts the authorityof Scripture in favor of a constantly evolving, poll-tested relevancyto modern concerns -- such as the environment, what kind of SUV Jesuswould drive, larger government programs and other "do-good" pursuits --ultimately morphs into societal and self-improvement efforts andjettisons the life-changing message of salvation, forgiveness of sinsand a transformed life.
If the newspaper story is accurate, thisis where Clinton is on her faith: "In a brief quiz about hertheological views, Mrs. Clinton said she believed in the resurrectionof Jesus, though she described herself as less sure of the doctrinethat being a Christian is the only way to salvation." This is apolitician speaking, not a person who believes in the central tenets ofChristianity.
Thesame book that tells of the resurrection, also quotes Jesus as saying"I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father butby me" (John 14:6). One might ask, which the reporter did not, that ifthere are other ways to God than through Jesus, why did Jesus bother tocome to Earth, allow himself to be crucified and suffer rejection?
I can't quite tell what Thomas means by liberal Christianity here. But I know I disagree with his characterization of the view that "beinga Christian is the only way to salvation" as a central tenet of Christianity, unless Catholics do not count as Christians. (Of course, we've seen that one before as well.)
About the Author
Eduardo Moisés Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the subjects of property and land use law.