Gnosticism in the Mainline
The church as "the circle of belonging" resembles more and more the all-inclusive circle of pagan monism where all religions and faith expressions are welcomed--all, that is, except historic orthodoxy.
It is possible to be too spiritual for our own good. Ancient Gnosticism, for instance, has enjoyed a renaissance in American religion and in neo-pagan spirituality. As the 1996 moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly in a speech at the University of Chicago Divinity School, accepting the 1996 Alumnus of the Year award, said "One of our finest hours was when our Presbyterian publishing house, Westminster Press, published books on the death of God theology."
In fact, this "finest hour" has helped promote in the mainline or liberal Protestant churches a ...