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Liberal Theology
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1. Term

The term “liberal theology” is widely used in modern Protestantism and Judaism, but only marginally in 19th- and early 20th-century Roman Catholicism. It shares the imprecision of the concept of liberalism in politics and culture. Three aspects of its usage call for consideration: in modern Judaism and Christianity, as a doctrine of faith, and as a polemical concept.

1.1. In Modern Judaism and Christianity

In modern Judaism and Christianity theologians are called liberal who view the Enlightenment and mo…

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Graf, Friedrich Wilhelm and Mudge, Lewis S., “Liberal Theology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_L269>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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