Can freethinkers believe a religion?
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=====Definition:===== A "free-thinking Christian" is one who attempts to expand the horizons of their religious beliefs by welcoming the argumentation of atheists and those opposed to their own views, in hope of finding truth.
This group was created by Brian Glenney, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at Gordon College, in response to the Bright vs. Super debate. As the traditional stance of the Supers does not uphold the integrity of the intellectual Christian, and the stance of the Brights neglects any belief in the supernatural, the Crisp movement, is one that searches for a middle ground. It is a community that welcomes debate and looks to establish a place for those with opposing religious and nonreligious axioms to coexist.
The Crisp desires to assess current Christian doctrine with the goal of reinterpreting questionable beliefs. Under non-Crisp thinking, a theological position is accurate if it satisfies four necessary and jointly sufficient conditions:
1) internal consistency
2) harmony with scripture/tradition
3) external consistency with other theological positions
4) comports as a full account
A "free-thinking Christian" views these absolute conditions as being revisable. A theological belief should still be (1) consistent with itself (free from contradiction), but does not necessarily need to be (2) harmonious with a specific biblical interpretation. New prospects are welcome. If a Crisp develops a new position that is inconsistent with other doctrines (3), these doctrines are now open to revision as well. Prospective beliefs will still need to comport a full account (4), meaning that no major questions should be left unanswerable by the new position.