Some of the good folks in the denomination’s Theology, Worship & Education office saw my post comparing the pastor’s study group of the Presbytery de Cristo to the “Congregation” of Calvin’s Venerable Company of Pastors in 16th century Geneva.
They sensed a connection to one of their own initiatives to spark and deepen theological conversation among sessions and presbyteries. So this week they interviewed me and a couple of the Arizona ringleaders.
The press release came out last night. I thought I would share it with you. Here’s the start:
How times have changed.
Historically, Presbyterians and those who stand in the Reformed tradition were bound together primarily by a shared theology and a common theological vocabulary, observes Gary Neal Hansen, associate professor of church history at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Increasingly, however, Hansen maintains, the church’s historic commitment to the way of theology has ceded to the way of politics, pragmatics, and institutional preservation.
“Over time, we in the American churches have evolved away from our shared theological heritage,” says Hansen. “We need that common theological vocabulary for the sake of the integrity of the faith that we share…” (Read more — just click here)
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