During your daily poring over of The Babylon Bee‘s award-winning coverage of all theological camps, you may have found yourself wondering about the worldview known variably as “theological liberalism,” “liberal theology,” “liberal Christianity,” or “butter in sunshine.” Well, wonder no more! We have put together this short, accurate, plain-English crash course on the essentials of theological liberalism, just for you.
What is theological liberalism?
Theological liberalism is a movement that seeks to incorporate various aspects of modern thinking and trends into the Christian faith, while still staying true to the historical Doctrine of Things That Make Me Feel Good Are True And Things That Make Me Feel Bad Are False.
What are its main teachings?
The pillars of Liberal Christianity are best summed up in the famous acronym MUSHY:
Make sure not to believe anything that might be embarrassing
Under no circumstance should you defy the culture
Stay soft and pliable in all things at all times
Herald your moral superiority for everyone to see
Y believe the Bible tho lol
How did it come about?
Theological liberalism stretches back a full 200 years—nearly to the time of the early church. Rooted in early 19th Century enlightenment, the belief system is heavily influenced by the philosophies of Immanuel Kant and Bowtothe Zeitgeist.
Who are some notable adherents?
We couldn’t remember any—check Twitter for users with lots of followers and dramatically staged profile pics flaming this article as “problematic.”
Who are some notable opponents?
J. Gresham Machen, John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Vernon McGee, like every Puritan and reformer, Paul, Jesus, the Bible, the very essence of the purpose of biblical doctrine, absolute truth.
Is it biblical?
What a horrifically dogmatic question.
As always, just the facts. Now you know!