Monday, 26 April 2010

PROGRESSIVE RELIGION

Progressive Religion is an expression of faith held within the phrase: ‘Nothing Fixed or Final’.*
This is a creed in that Progressive Religion is not without belief, but that belief is always provisional because we are human. It involves a seeking after truth with the humility to admit that if we think we have found such truth, and we are tempted to frame and dogmatise it, then we have missed the point. Our understanding can never be complete, is always dynamic, always subject to change.
Progressive theology is predicated on the provisional nature of this religion and cannot ever be rooted in only one religious expression. While it may draw conclusions these are always open to critique, modification, change or even ultimately abandonment.
Progressive worship gives expression to such theology and it is the nature of liturgy and worship that they are not simply dependent on this theology, but are also the crucibles in which such theology is explored and sometimes formed.
*Sidney Carter once said that his creed was ‘Nothing Fixed or Final’ and I have found this has held for me thus far.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

My hymn collections are now available to buy on Amazon at

http://www.amazon.co.uk/shops/hymnsandbooks


HYMNS POSTED ON THIS BLOG
MAY BE USED FREELY LOCALLY
WITH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
TO PUBLISH FOR PROFIT
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For Books by Andrew Pratt follow LINKS on the Links page. Books are available on the following sites:
Amazon, Stainer & Bell Ltd, Twelvebaskets, SCM-Canterbury Press

Latest book due Summer 2010
SCM Studyguide Practical Skills for Ministry - follow this link -
http://www.scm-canterburypress.co.uk/bookdetails.asp?ISBN=9780334043591

Andrew Pratt lectures at Luther King House, The Partnership for Theological Education, Manchester as a Methodist Tutor at Hartley Victoria College