This Study Guide has been re-edited and re-printed.
This edition is the second printing.
By: Fred Plumer, Author and President
This Study Guide is for the third edition (2011) of the “8 Points” that have both identified and guided ProgressiveChristianity.org since the organization’s founding in 1994.
It can be used for small group study, intentional communities, conferences, or any group who would like to delve more deeply into the history and the process of living out the core teachings of Jesus. There are discussion questions and space after each point for groups to come up with their own thoughts and ideas.
We have often been asked why we change or update the “8 Points.” There are three main answers to that question. First, we change the wording based on thoughtful comments and suggestions from our readers and supporters. Some of these suggestions are theological, and some are seeking greater clarity, showing us areas where we were not as clear as we need to be.
Secondly, as people with open minds and soft hearts, we continue to evolve and change. That is what “progressive” is all about. New scholarship, conversations and even detractors challenge us to rethink what we have been positing, and at some point, after much discussion and conversation with our advisors, we may decide that we should make a change or emphasize new points. This seems to happen about every five years or so.
Thirdly, we never want the “8 Points” document to become something sacred in itself, beyond testing and questioning. In another words, we are not trying to challenge creedal thinking and outdated dogma with a new creed.
The background material and the questions of this Study Guide were designed to stimulate conversation and to raise issues that might not otherwise come up. None of these materials are intended to make a final theological, Christological, or canonical argument. The last thing we would want to do is to tell anyone how he or she should believe or approach their faith. We simply offer this as a starting point to the conversation and we look forward to the continual evolution of our faith.
Topics: Ancient Near East History
, Arts and Music
, Bibles and Bible Study
, Church Growth
, Church History
, Early Christianity
, Emerging/Emergent Church
, Ethical Issues
, Evolutionary Christianity
, Gender and Sexuality
, Health and Healing
, Interfaith Issues & Dialogue
, Jesus Studies
, New Thought/New Age
, Organizational Leadership & Development
, Progressive Christianity 101
, Religion/Spirituality and Science
, Social & Environmental Ministry
, Spiritual Exploration & Practice
, Theology & Religious Education
, and Western Philosophy
. 8 Points: Eight points
, Point 1: Teachings of Jesus
, Point 2: Pluralism
, Point 3: Inclusive Community
, Point 4: Act As We Believe
, Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers
, Point 6: Peace and Justice
, Point 7: Integrity of the Earth
, and Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love
. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons
. Ages: All Ages
. Resource Types: Study Guides