Here are a few quotes I seen in response to comments made by Ross Douthat a columnist on the New York Times in an article he wrote about the future of liberal theology in America. It wasn't very positive and hasn't been for the last 40 years! It's an old argument and doesn't seem to be true since all us liberals are still here believing! Anyway two comments on the article jumped out. I've posted them here and interested in your own comments:
"Good" Christians don't reproduce their faith as readily as "bad" Christians because they use means which, by definition, aren't coercive or self-serving. "Bad" Christians, on the other hand, draw lines in the sand and create "us or them" mentalities which tend to attract bad people and repel others.
Retired Episcopal bishop George Packard: "The spirit is calling us now into the streets, calling us to reject the old institutional orders. There is no going back. You can't sit anymore in churches... Churches are museums with floorshows. They are a caricature of what Jesus intended... It is only outside the church that you will find the spirit of God."