I just stumbled across an amusingly accurate description of the theological silliness in many a liberal Christian church, courtesy of an atheist named Brian Flemming:
Liberal Christianity, despite being non-hateful and on many issues even ethical, is hopelessly incoherent, however. Liberal Christianity says a perfect God wrote a perfect book–but he made mistakes. Or, alternately, liberal Christianity says the book is an extremely flawed and even disgusting work written by men–but special attention should still be paid to it. Liberal Christianity says religion shouldn’t stand in the way of science–but a dead man did really rise from the dead. Probably. Or, at least, it’s not unreasonable to believe that he did (or that he turned water into wine and walked on water). Liberal Christianity says the love of Jesus is the only way to Heaven–but if some people don’t believe that, it’s fine to let their deluded souls go off to Hell without even trying to stop them. Or maybe Heaven and Hell don’t exist at all–but it’s still very, very important to praise this figure called “God.” For some reason.
Liberal Christianity wants to drink the Kool-Aid but pretend there’s no cyanide in it. And nothing pisses off liberal Christians more than having the incoherence of their beliefs laid bare.
Rev. Joseph Phelps, a liberal Christian (who does, by the way, believe Jesus actually rose from the dead and is capable of saying so in as casual a manner as this parenthetical), dealt with my critique of his brand of Christianity in the easiest–and most empty–manner: by accusing me of being a “fundamentalist” atheist. I’m getting so tired of this line that I usually just ignore it, hoping the audience will simply see through it. But sometime I suppose I’ll have to come up with a pithy way of explaining that a person who believes that 1 plus 1 equals 2 is not embracing “fundamentalist” math. He’s simply rejected 1 + 1 = 3 as flawed.
Although Flemming finds little use for conservative Christians (we “fundies” believe crazy things, he says), he’s certainly on target in these paragraphs.
Hat tip: Brutally Honest