"But if conservative Christianity has often been compromised, liberal Christianity has simply collapsed. Practically every denomination — Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian — that has tried to adapt itself to contemporary liberal values has seen an Episcopal-style plunge in church attendance. Within the Catholic Church, too, the most progressive-minded religious orders have often failed to generate the vocations necessary to sustain themselves," wrote Ross Douthat in the New York Times.
As a Conservative Evangelical pastor, I've been surprised, perplexed, grieved, challenged, educated and often troubled by my exposure to "Liberal Christianity". At the same time I've grown more informed and have become more understanding of progressive Christianity through my friendships, professional acquaintances and my online blogging work in the last six years.
My involvement in the SpokaneFAVS.com as a blogger has provided a current backdrop to an ongoing contemplation of the voice and values of a part of the church I never grew up around or within and it's been an eye opening experience. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and listen and I have been trying to understand the positions and perspectives held by the aforementioned groups but I have also been concerned by the trajectory of the movement.
This article in the New York Times presents some compelling observations and critiques of liberal churches and sounds some serious alarms about their decline and potential demise. I would be curious how a liberal/progressive Christian would respond to these observations?