- Seen as the voice of reason and open-mindedness
- Conservative on some issues and progressive on others
- Have a flexible hermeneutic that gives them the freedom to pick and choose on which issues they will be progressive or conservative.
- More open to the charge of inconsistency
- Take on struggles to render judgments on hermeneutical issues
Kar Yong is progressive at 72. Hmm ...
In summary, progressives are:
- Not always progressive
- Tends to see the Bible as historically shaped and culturally conditioned, and yet most still consider it the Word of God for today
- One must interpret what the Bible said in its day and discern its pattern for revelation in order to apply it to our world
- Takes on the challenge to examine what the Bible said in its day
- Tend to be historians
- Problems for the progressives are predictable: Will the Bible's so-called "plain meaning" be given its due and authoritative force to challenge our world? Or will the Bible be swallowed by a quest to find modern analogies that sometimes minimize what the text clearly says?