I quickly drew this diagram as a dialogue tool to facilitate discussing the question “Who is a Christian?” with ‘progressive’ Christians. This diagram is only the condensed form of the full version below. Click “read more” if you care to explore my ponderings further.
Progressive Christians often claim that when thinking about salvation, they lean toward pluralism or universalism. (see my post on Soteriological Scope) However, sometimes these progressive Christians reveal that they still carry hints of that old school notion of “our way is the best” which is actually more consistent with exlusivism at worst or inclusivism. I think such a soteriological slide is due to the fact that it is really hard to sell an ideology (to ourselves or others) without at least hinting that it is the best among options. The diagram below is meant to further this discussion. Note, it should be clear that this same outline could be applied to all sorts of worldviews.
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