In an interview with Christian Headlines, the Learning to Speak God from Scratch author chimes in on what he thinks the term means and which people represent it. Merritt doesn't speak for all progressive Christians, but he is one of their influential members.
A pair of articles in the most recent issue of Decision explores what the authors see as the problems with Progressive Christianity. The articles particularly focus on comments made by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic Presidential candidate who is openly gay and married to another man.
When the Rev. Emmy Kegler heard her friend Rachel Held Evans had died earlier this month after a sudden illness, she offered a prayer. Then Kegler got together with other friends who had known Evans, a popular progressive Christian writer and speaker, to share their memories and process their grief. As she walked to her car afterward, she wondered what the future would hold. Who would fill the void their friend had left behind? “Who is going to be our Rachel now?” she asked.