LIBERAL CHRISTIANITY HAS DRUNK THE KOOL-AID, SO TO SPEAK, THAT HUMANISM AND THE WORLD’S VALUES ARE OKAY TO MIX WITH AND REINTERPRET THE BIBLE AND THE PURPOSE OF THE GOSPELS—LIKE IN LIBERATION THEOLOGY OR REPLACEMEMT (OF ISRAEL) THEOLOGY
One of the leading American theologians of the 20th century was J. Gresham Machen. One of his most famous books was Christianity and Liberalism. He argues that theological liberalism, sometimes called modernism at the time, isn’t a new version of Christianity. Rather, it’s not Christianity at all. It’s another religion altogether.
Liberalism consisted of a fusion of 18th-century rationalism (man’s reason is the final arbiter of truth) and 19th century romanticism (man’s experience is the final arbiter of truth). The foundational spirit of liberalism is simple: Christianity must conform to the temper of the times. The Bible and Christian dogma are not finally authoritative. Man’s reason and experience in the modern world, particularly as exhibited in science, are finally authoritative.
Perhaps the single greatest source of all liberalism was the greatest Enlightenment philosopher of all, Immanuel Kant. Kant believed that man can gain knowledge only from his senses interacting…
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