theological litmus test
in a previous email dialogue with an alum from my seminary, I put together this metrix for measuring what he seemed to be trying to label as “liberal” vs. “conservative” .. I’d imagine there are some out there who are very black and white about those 2 categories.. I think it’s more helpful to think of the theological spectrum in varying gradations… here’s the continuum I drew out.. I had offered to make this a collaborative effort, but he wasn’t particularly responsive. He got stuck on how anyone could claim to be a “Christian” if they didn’t measure up to a certain score, or affirming an “individual salvation”..
For the sake of mathematics, I put -5 for the most liberal, and +5 for the most conservative. Negative/positive are not a value judgment, I could just as easily reverse the polarity.. and these are broad approximations, there’s not a definitive way to measure these theological categories; plus, those in a particular position on the spectrum do not necessarily agree with each other. [there’s such theological divisiveness!]