Can liberal Christianity be saved?

Published: Sunday, July 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: Efforts by churches to stay relevant and popular by changing dogmas has not kept their membership numbers from dwindling.

In 1998, John Shelby Spong, then the reliably controversial Episcopal bishop of Newark, published a book entitled Why Christianity Must Change or Die. Spong was a uniquely radical figure during his career, he dismissed almost every element of traditional Christian faith as so much superstition but most recent leaders of the Episcopal Church have shared his premise. Thus their church has spent the last several decades changing and then changing some more, from a sedate pillar of the WASP establishment into one of the most self-consciously progressive Christian bodies in the United States.

Read more about liberal Christianity's collapse on NYTimes.com.

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