The Relevance of the Liberal, Neo-orthodox, and Evangelical Views

analytical Essay
1285 words
1285 words

The relevance of the Liberal, Neo-orthodox, and Evangelical Views

In the 18th century to 19th century, there were many great influential leaders of Christianity that influenced many individuals belief systems. During this time period three great movements included the relevance of liberalism, Neo-orthodoxy, and Evangelical views. These views in particular had great influence over how individuals applied biblical scripture to their everyday life.

The Issues

The nature and authority of scripture in reference to the Liberals continued into influence Christianity into the contemporary world (Lane, 2006). According to Lane (2006), " Liberals are prepared to sacrifice many elements of traditional Christian orthodoxy in their search for contemporary relevance" (p. 237). Liberals wanted to surpass the old traditional rituals in order to gain more of a modern twist to religion and nature. Bingham (2002) claims, "Reason, culture, experience, and science would all be employed in challenge to the classical authority of revelation" (p. 150).

There is a great man that is associated with the liberal view. His name is Friedrich Schleiermacher. According to Bingham (2002), " The father of modern liberalism was the German theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834)" (p. 150). Friedrich Schleiermacher believed ones feelings did not imply to ones consciousness of one happiness and or level of satisfaction nor was feeling related to any type of heart ache or physical pain (Bingham, p. 150). However, Friedrich believed that feelings were related to ones perception on how they are in a connection/relationship with Christ. Within this connection with God, one's self awareness will determine how much he or she depends on God (Bingham, 2002...

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...piritual mentors is limited which will keep a Christian at a low level of spiritual growth and could cause him or her to fall into sin and or temptation.

Evangelical believers need to always be looking for an opportunity to tell others about Christ and share with them about the love and compassion that Christ has for them. The only way to extend such invitation is to extend love and compassion to them in building a relationship with them. Many other views such as the Liberalism view and the Neo-orthodoxy view will place focus on their own personal life, rather than focusing on others and building a relationship with them over time live Christ did with his disciples.

Works Cited

Bingham, D. (2002). Pocket history of the church. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Lane, A. (2006). A concise history of Christian thought. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that in the 18th and 19th centuries, there were many influential leaders of christianity that influenced many individuals belief systems. these movements included liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, and evangelical views.
  • Argues that the nature and authority of scripture in reference to the liberals continued to influence christianity into the contemporary world.
  • Explains the weaknesses of the liberalistic views, such as the lack of emphasis on evangelizing the gospel and ministering to others. the neo-orthodoxy view is superior to the evangelical view.
  • Argues that evangelism is a huge opportunity for christians to witness to others effectively. evangelical believers must always be looking for an opportunity to tell others about christ.
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