Modern Church is the main proponent of liberal theology in the British churches.
• By ‘liberal theology’ we mean that religious beliefs can and should develop in the light of new insights.
• Divine revelation has not come to an end. God invites us to believe in ways appropriate to 21st Century.
• New ideas should be judged on their merits. They may be true today even if they have not been officially accepted by church leaders in the past.
Modern Church has been promoting liberal theology since 1898.
• a quarterly theological journal: Modern Believing, first published in 1911
• a quarterly members' newsletter: Signs of the Times
• an annual conference and other events featuring leading speakers in their fields
• Forewords booklets illustrating liberal approaches to theological topics
• letters, papers, articles and other publications in response to current events.
This page lists resources on this site about Modern Church. There is introductory information on the About pages.
• Modern Church and liberal theology by Jonathan Clatworthy, in Signs of The Times
• Editorial on the centenary of our journal Modern Believing by Paul Badham
• Eight page supplement on Modern Church, Church Times, 26th October 2007
The nineteenth century background:
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Britain - like other western countries - was in a state of spiritual crisis.
Especially among the more educated classes, people were turning against Christianity, often because of its teachings on eternal hell, the substitutionary theory of the atonement and biblical texts where God approved of massacres.
Modern Church has been promoting liberal theology since its foundation at the end of the nineteenth century.
• Today ‘liberal theology’ can mean a variety of different things. The type of liberalism Modern Church promotes is liberal method in seeking truth and responding to issues.
• We reject the idea that religious believers should accept traditional dogmas without questioning them.
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