A New Reformation

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A NEW REFORMATION!
Table of Contents
I. The Reformation Yesterday and Today
II. Two Christianities:Time For a Divorce?
III.Fundamentalists in Their Own Words
IV. 95 Theses or Articles of Faith for a Christianity for the Third Millennium
Epilogue–Passing from Modern to Postmodern Religion

Like Luther, I present 95 theses or in my case, 95 faith observations drawn from my 64 years of living and practicing religion and spirituality. I trust I am not alone in recognizing these truths. For me they represent a return to our origins, a return to the spirit and the teaching of Jesus and his prophetic ancestors, and of the Christ which was a spirit that Jesus’ presence and teaching unleashed.

1 God is both Mother and Father.

2 At this time in history, God is more Mother than Father because the feminine is most missing and it is important to bring gender balance back.

3 God is always new, always young and always “in the beginning.”

4 God the Punitive Father is not a God worth honoring but a false god and an idol that serves empire-builders. The notion of a punitive, all-male God, is
contrary to the full nature of the Godhead who is as much female and motherly as it is masculine and fatherly.

5 “All the names we give to God come from an understanding of ourselves.” (Eckhart) Thus people who worship a punitive father are themselves punitive.

6 Theism (the idea that God is ‘out there’ or above and beyond the universe) is false. All things are in God and God is in all things (panentheism).

7 Everyone is born a mystic and a lover who experiences the unity of things and all are called to keep this mystic or lover of life alive.

8 All are called to be prophets which is to interfere with injustice.

9 Wisdom is Love of Life (See the Book of Wisdom: “This is wisdom: to love life” and Christ in John’s Gospel: “I have come that you may have life and have it in
abundance.”)

10 God loves all of creation and science can help us more deeply penetrate and appreciate the mysteries and wisdom of God in creation. Science is no enemy of
true religion.

11 Religion is not necessary but spirituality is.

12 “Jesus does not call us to a new religion but to life.” (Bonhoeffer) Spirituality is living life at a depth of newness and gratitude, courage and creativity, trust
and letting go, compassion and justice.

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