One thing that is possible with Facebook is that you can view a friend’s personal page and see what his or her particular belief system is about. After viewing a few posts of one of my friends recently, I visited his personal page and noticed he described his religious beliefs as “progressive Christianity bordering on agnosticism.” My reaction was that if anything can be described as oxymoronic, this was it. It got me thinking about a whole range of things, way more than I would allow myself to write about in this short space.
I’ve been noticing that “progressive” is a word that liberal-minded people seem to have adopted to describe their beliefs, as if to say that their beliefs are characterized as “progress” or “improvement.” And I think I understand the concept of “progressive Christianity.” There are plenty of folks who decide to no longer adhere to traditional and conventional Christian attitudes and sort of branch out on their own in the name of progress and improvement. This is true in Catholicism as well as, I assume, in other Christian religions. I am mostly at odds with the direction they take, but I know that such “progressive” tendencies are out there. Such people are “left-leaning” and “liberal” in their politics as well. We tend to get along, though I find myself cringing when something comes up with which I disagree.
To link this progressive Christianity to agnosticism, however, makes no sense at all. Agnosticism is the belief that the human mind cannot know whether there is a God, or anything, beyond material phenomena. To be Christian, I would assume, accepts the fact that God exists and that God has manifested himself in the person of Jesus Christ. You see the dilemma that presents itself here. Christianity cannot "border on" agnosticism
I have great concern over this “progressive” culture that we have around us. God certainly exists. I just cannot buy into the idea that material phenomena just came into existence on its own. The beauty and complexity is far too great. One could cite the beauty and complexity of the cosmos; one could cite the beauty and complexity of the human body, or the human mind; one could cite the beauty and complexity of nature; one could cite the beauty and complexity of certain gifts that we have in order for us to have made such marvelous material progress over the centuries. I’m thinking here of electricity as a perfect example. On and on.
As a Catholic, I believe that God has revealed himself to us through the Judeo-Christian history book we call Sacred Scripture. It just makes so much sense. It is because of that I have these concerns that I have. We must live our lives based on God’s personally delivered messages, or we are doomed. That is what it is all about.