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United Methodism in Crisis

in Public Pulpits

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780226804743
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226804767 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226804767.003.0004
United Methodism in Crisis

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Liberalism in theology had gained “full domination of official Methodism” by the 1920s, and New Left liberationism had followed its lead a half century later. Over these decades, evangelical conservatives had been increasingly excluded and eventually disenfranchised as second-class citizens in the United Methodist Church. In pursuing this work and pushing against the consensual weight of the ecumenical liberalism prevailing in the church, the Good News movement gained “deeper knowledge of the labyrinthian ecclesiastical power complex which determines and controls denominational politics touching every local church.” Good News mobilized to combat this threat. From the pages of its magazine sprang a stream of ten petitions and four resolutions, carried by Good News board members into the legislative proceedings of the 1972 Methodist General Conference.

Keywords: liberalism; theology; Methodism; New Left; liberationism; United Methodist Church; Good News; politics; church; 1972 Methodist General Conference

Chapter.  17528 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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