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Liberal Christians and Christian Universalists: Who are your favorite authors ...

.... on the Bible, Christian theology & doctrine, and religion in general? What are some of the books that you have read?


Asked by -Eilish- at 2:01 PM on Jul. 5, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • ...I'll bite

    I love Karen Armstrong, John Shelby Spong, Brian McLaren, Philip Gulley, Robin Meyers, Harvey Cox, Huston Smith, Carlton Pearson...

    And then there's William Penick, Boyd Purcell, Ken Wilson, Martin Zender....

    Then there are books like "Hope Beyond Hell", "At the End of the Ages, The Abolition of Hell", etc.

    And that's just what I can come up with off the top of my head, lol ;)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:55 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • Oh, and Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:56 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • I don't place my energies toward social issues like abortion and gay marriage. I think the church's stance on these two issues have overshadowed many other issues. Though this pope is starting to address more social justice issues. Different orders of priests and religious have different emphasis and degrees of orthodoxy. I lean to works by Jesuits and magazines such as America


    Answer by adnilm at 4:38 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • adnilm- I like your stance on religion- I agree- maybe that makes me a liberal Greek Orthodox :)

    I don't read many religious based books- more articles and magazines-but I liked The Shack- a lot and would recommend it to anyone that struggles with how God fits into the whole "well, if there is a God why is there suffering" debate-

    Answer by soyousay at 10:34 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • i like to read books by joyce meyers and bishop td jakes and of corse the bible. :) i also like dr charles stanley and joel olsteen.

    Answer by luckygirl2000 at 12:37 AM on Jul. 6, 2011

  • Thanks Bandgeek ... I knew I could count on you. As a conservative Christian, I really don't know who the "liberal" authors are. So I appreciate your answering my question.

    Anyone else want to share?

    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 2:59 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • What about N.T. Wright? I just came across him. Have you read his stuff?

    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 3:22 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • I tend toward more liberal Catholicism. But that's no where near Universalist.

    I think the closest I get is Garry Wills who wrote "What Jesus Meant" and "Why I Am a Catholic" 

    I also enjoy Jim Wallis.  I guess you could call him liberal Christian


    Answer by adnilm at 3:33 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • I've heard of him, seen authors mention him, but haven't had the chance to read anything by him yet. He's well spoken of, though, from what I understand, and from what I gather from the way authors quote him or mention him...

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 3:54 PM on Jul. 5, 2011

  • adnilm ... what is liberal Catholicism?

    Comment by -Eilish- (original poster) at 3:57 PM on Jul. 5, 2011