The Inn of Gods Forgiveness: and Other Hymns for the Progressive Church Adam Webber

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Published: September 9th 2014

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The Inn of Gods Forgiveness: and Other Hymns for the Progressive Church  by  Adam Webber

The Inn of Gods Forgiveness: and Other Hymns for the Progressive Church by Adam Webber
September 9th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: | 9.67 Mb

This is a collection of eight introductory essays on progressive Christianity, each one illustrated by a new hymn.From the author:When people ask me what I mean when I call myself a progressive Christian, I tend to offer a list of things I disagreeMoreThis is a collection of eight introductory essays on progressive Christianity, each one illustrated by a new hymn.From the author:When people ask me what I mean when I call myself a progressive Christian, I tend to offer a list of things I disagree with.

For example: I do not find the theory of evolution offensive or even particularly controversial. I do not believe that the Bible is infallible, inerrant, or literally true in all its parts- it is not, to me, the word of God. I do not judge people based on their sexual orientation, and I don’t think God does either.

I do not think God’s judgment takes the form of punishing sinners with eternal torment. I do not think that Jesus died to pay the price for our sins. I do not try to make converts of people who are being well served by other religious traditions. And so on—and as I speak this way, I find that I am defining progressive Christianity by listing the aspects of conventional Christianity it rejects.But in the end, that isn’t enough. It isn’t enough to say what you reject- you must also say what you claim.

Hymn-writing turns out to be a good discipline for this. Perhaps any theological writing that is strictly negative is inadequate—but any hymnody that is strictly negative is obviously inadequate. You have only to imagine trying to turn the previous paragraph into a song to feel the flaw in it. You might perhaps turn it into an amusing series of negative verses, but those verses would be begging to be answered by a refreshingly positive refrain.The essays in this collection, and the hymns that go with them, express aspects of a positive progressive theology.

They are not meant to give a systematic statement of that theology- there are plenty of topics unaddressed here, and there’s plenty of room for a sequel (which is in the works!). These essays and hymns are, in the old sense, occasional pieces. They were written for particular occasions in my spiritual journey. I hope they will be a blessing in yours.Please note that the hymns in the book are free: they come with a Creative Commons license that allows unlimited copying for non-commercial use.Additional resources pertaining to the hymns and the book are available from the author’s web site at adambrookswebber.com.



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