Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday's Quote: Another difference between Right & Left

Some may be surprised to find that the ever-evolving struggle between Conservative and Liberal is not new, nor is the battle itself confined merely to politics.

Related to the "On This Day in History" post nine days ago, the following is something I recently came across about a humble Christian's path between opposite sides of the same spectrum:

"Around [1924], he discovered the writings of Karl Barth, the eminent Swiss theologian whose pioneering work in neo-orthodoxy was a reaction against liberal theology.  Barth believed that 'liberal theology' (understood as emphasizing personal experience and societal development) minimized Scripture, reducing it to a mere textbook of metaphysics while sanctioning the deification of human culture.  Von Harnack cautioned Bonhoeffer against dangers posed by Barth's 'contempt for scientific theology', but the younger Bonhoeffer became increasingly critical of liberal theology as not only too constraining but also responsible for the lack of relevance in the church."
-- from the "Academic Training" portion of Wikipedia's entry about German pastor, theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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