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United Methodism in Crisis

United Methodism in Crisis

Scriptural Renewal through the Good News Movement

Chapter:
(p.104) Chapter Four United Methodism in Crisis
Source:
Public Pulpits
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226804767.003.0004

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

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