Liberal Churches Show Signs of Strength in Nashville
by Bob Smietana for the Tennessean
...Churches such as Second Presbyterian and St. David’s are part of a new trend among liberal or progressive churches, said religion scholar Diana Butler Bass, author of “Christianity After Religion.” She said that starting in the 1980s, many liberal churches and theologians began to rediscover spirituality and the Bible. That makes them very different from liberal churches of the past.
“Today, you get a church that is socially liberal, that is open to gay and lesbian folk, but they are going to be studying the Bible and in prayer groups,” she said.
Bass also points out it’s not just liberal churches that have declined in recent years. Conservative denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention and the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church also have declined.
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Wed, August 22, 2012
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