Are the Mennonite Brethren leaders trying to quiet legitimate concerns about having Shane Caliborne speak at their upcoming youth convention without fully understanding the controversy?
Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne and Progressive Christianity
By Dave Hunt
The Berean Call
Q: I recently heard the term “progressive Christian” in conjunction with some controversial speakers, Jim Wallis and Shane Claiborne, at a Lifest Music Festival. I’m not familiar with the term or the controversy surrounding the speakers. What can you tell me?
A: Jim Wallis and Shane Claiborne’s beliefs place them among socialist, or “progressive,” Christians who advocate deeds and actions that they believe will achieve justice and peace upon the earth. Wallis is the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine. He oversees a Washington, D.C., Christian community of the same name and is one of President Obama’s spiritual advisors. Claiborne studied under Tony Campolo* at Eastern University, did a 10-week internship with Mother Teresa in India, and later started a “new monastic” community in Philadelphia that ministers to the poor.
Claiborne’s Christianity majors in “good works” yet is rooted in the experiential, often expressed through mysticism. His frequent ecumenical statements speak of a “mystical” bonding between “people of faith”:
*NEW: Note: Tony Campolo’s pathway of choice had led him to accept homosexuality in the church:
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