The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity - eBook  -     By: Eric Elnes
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Jossey-Bass / 2010 / ePub

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The Phoenix Affirmations, named for the town in which the principles were created and the mythological bird adopted by ancient Christians as a symbol of resurrection, offers disillusioned and spiritually homeless Christians and others a sense of hope and a more tolerant, joyful, and compassionate message than those we often hear from the media and some Christian leaders. These twelve central affirmative principles of Christian faith are built on the three great loves that the Bible reveals: love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self. They reflect commitments to environmental stewardship, social justice, and artistic expression as well as openness to other faiths. Transcending theological and culture wars, inclusive and generous in spirit and practice, these principles ask believers and seekers alike to affirm their Christian faith in a fresh way.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781118041055
ISBN-13: 9781118041055
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Author Bio

Eric Elnes, Ph.D., is a pastor and the cofounder of CrossWalk America (, a nonprofit organization that is launching a coast-to-coast walk starting on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006, to unite progressive Christians nationwide, encourage meaningful discussion, and establish common ground for people of faith.

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    Claims to be "new," but lots of old cliches here
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    "A deep and exciting shift is taking place within the Christian faith." No, it isn't. It's the same old tired Social Gospel the liberals peddled a century ago.

    The twelve Affirmations are the usual liberal platitudes. In Affirmation 1, God commands Christians to walk "fully in the path of Jesus without denying the legitimacy of other paths that God may provide." Right - be a Christian, and don't feel the need to convert anyone. To accept this, however, requires discarding the Book of Acts, which shows the apostles living (like us) in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society, yet they were not shy about preaching that Christ was THE way to salvation. But of course, modern liberals have a better understanding of Christ than the apostles did.

    Affirmation 2 says Christians must "study the ancient testimonies which we call Scripture," which is another form of the familiar liberal cliché "We take the Bible seriously but not literally." The same Affirmation refers to "attending to God's present activity in the world" - which doesn't sound bad, except that "God's present activity" always coincides with liberal social policy. (Scripture versus liberal social policy - guess which looms larger in the liberals' worldview.)

    Affirmation 3 pays respect to the tree-huggers and eco-chondriacs, since we should be "celebrating the God whose Spirit pervades and whose glory is reflected in all of God's creation, including the earth and its ecosystems." You will search the Bible in vain for any passage that speaks of God's Spirit "pervading" all creation. This is "fluff," designed to appeal to the petty-minded types who think God smiles on them when they sort their garbage into little piles by the curb.

    The "biggie," of course is Affirmation 5, which says Christians must treat all people as creations in God's image, "regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality, or economic class." That list only includes one item (sexual orientation) that is a point of controversy. But by bundling that one item with the others - race, gender, age, physical or mental ability, nationality, or economic class - there is the suggestion that OTHER churches (the ones who have some, er, issues with sexual orientation ) would also discriminate against people on account of race, gender, age, etc. Not even remotely true. No church in America turns people away, including gays and lesbians, but liberals like to make it sound as if conservative churches post armed thugs at the door just waiting to pounce on a suspected gay - or (by implication) a black, old person, man in wheelchair, mentally retarded person, foreigner. (When someone says "I didn't feel comfortable in that church," the liberal translates that as "the church turns people away!") The mention of "gender" is laughable - what church doesn't have more women than men?

    Regarding Affirmations 9 through 12, "Christian Love of Self": The whole category is bogus. There is no "love of self" commanded in the Bible, or in the Christian tradition, period. True, Jesus said "Love your neighbor as yourself." But that isn't a command to love self. Jesus was assuming the obvious: people already love themselves. "Commanding" people to love themselves would be like commanding them to breathe. There is no commandment to love self - if anything, the Bible is constantly reminding us: stop your self-centered behavior and show consideration for others

    Affirmation 9: "We, and all people, are loved beyond our wildest imagination - for all eternity." That's called "universalism" - i.e., there is no hell. In fact, the affirmation isn't clear on heaven, either. (In polls, a wide majority of libs say they don't believe in hell - no surprise - but not that many believe in heaven, either.) Sorry, but the Bible does teach hell, whether it's Politically Correct or not.

    I had to laugh at Affirmation 11: love of self includes "caring for our bodies" - well, duh! So now it's a sacred obligation to monitor your cholesterol?. In the commentary, this Eric Elnes (who could win the Pompous Prose Prize hands down) refers to "the right to be responsible for decisions governing one's body." (How exactly does one "govern one's body"?) Stop and think, reader - is there a problem in America with people NOT thinking about their bodies enough? This is the church led by the culture, not by the Bible. Like "love yourself," it's the same as "God commands you to breathe."
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