I find these thoughts disturbing. I think the guest professor posed a very good question. Why does she call herself a Christian? She should call herself a secular humanist. Nothing against it, it's just a matter semantics.
I find what she is doing to the meaning of words in Christianity harmful. I think I am open-minded, but this is just outside the boundaries of orthodoxy.
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This aired Monday, April 7 2008 on CBC radio, on The Current:
Gretta Vosper, Progressive Christian
If anyone can be forgiven for having an identity crisis, you'd think it would be Jesus.
For millions of evangelical Christians, he is literally the son of God, whose death upon the cross absolved believers of their sins. In pop culture, he was Mary Magdalene's husband and the father of a European dynasty. And for some of the world's more iconoclastic theologians and biblical historians, he's more of an idea than a person, probably wasn't resurrected from the dead and might not have existed at all.
Christianity, in its many denominations, is wrestling with these mixed messages. But according to a member of the United Church of Canada's clergy, who Jesus was doesn't matter, and neither does the Bible or God Himself (or Herself).
Gretta Vosper is a minister at West Hill United Church in Toronto and the author of the new book, With or Without God: Why the Way We Live is More Important Than What We Believe. She joined us in Toronto.