"People who may be considered progressive Christians include those who:
- Disagree with and may even be repelled by exclusivist beliefs.
- Reject the concept that only their branch of their religion has a monopoly on truth and that all other spiritual paths are in error.
- Attempt to move beyond biblical inerrancy, established creeds, and church dogma. They try to recognize, as author Jack Good has written: "the fingerprints of humankind on all religious documents and symbols."
- Value the search for truth, even though they believe the truth can never be fully possessed. They view it as more important and challenging than the acceptance of those fixed beliefs found in the past by others and embedded in church creeds.
- Who are, as Jack Good describes, "chaos tolerant": They can handle a degree of disorder, uncertainty, and ambiguity in life and want to be "partners in the exciting search for tentative but satisfying answers to the most pressing problems of existence."
- Can absorb rapid change in their beliefs, as they integrate findings from social and physical sciences.
- Believe in the Ethic of Reciprocity: that how they treat other people is more important than the specifics of what they believe about God, humanity and the rest of the universe. That Collective Salvation is required for the salvation of the earth and society.
- Focus: The teachings and life of Jesus provide them with a path to God.
- Pluralism: They recognize that others follow their own paths to God which are equally true for them.
- Communion: They view the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus' name to represent "an ancient vision of God's feast for all peoples."
- Inclusivity: All are welcome to become involved; persons of all genders, sexual orientations, traditions, races, etc.
- Reciprocity: How people treat one another is the "fullest expression" of their beliefs.
- Search: They find more grace in searching for truth than in accepting certainty.
- Community: They form communities to support each other in their quest for peace, justice, a restored environment, and to provide hope.
- Cost: Following Jesus involves a personal investment in "selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege."
The Center for Progressive Christianity symbol is an eight-pointed star, representing the eight ideas that they hold in common."
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