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David M. Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy

The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity


Based on the bestselling DVD course Living the Questions

Bringing together the voices of top Bible scholars and church leaders – including Diana Butler Bass, John Dominic Crossan, Amy-Jill Levine, Brian McLaren, Helen Prejean, and John Shelby Spong – pastors David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy present a lively and stimulating tour of what it means to be a “progressive” Christian.

Living The Questions explores matters many churches are afraid to address including the humanity of Jesus and homosexuality, and examines in a new light traditional faith topics such as the Bible, atonement, salvation and more.



288 pages

ISBN: 9780062109361



  1. Walter Breuggemann

    “A welcome book that is bold (without being contentious) and courageous (without needing to be triumphant), Felten and Procter-Murphy give voice to a faith that provides a profound alternative to the dominant ideology of “American Christianity.” Attention should be paid!” – WALTER BREUGGEMANN, professor emeritus, Columbia theological seminary

  2. The Christian Century

    “Progressive Christianity is about embracing mystery. … Accordingly, the authors believe that the necessary incompleteness of our theology is an invitation to ongoing creative transformation. . . . Living the Questions is an excellent introduction to progressive theology.” – THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY (magazine)

  3. Brian McLaren

    “I’m so grateful for Living the Questions. These progressive voices offer less rigid and more expansive approaches to Christian faith, and make room for people who practice critical thinking and question the gatekeepers. They help us see that questioning the gatekeepers is exactly what Jesus was all about.” – BRIAN McLAREN, author of ‘A New Kind of Christianity’

  4. Marcus Borg

    “A rich, wise, helpful and important book – virtually a manifesto of progressive Christianity.” – MARCUS BORG, author of ‘Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time’

  5. Fred C. Plumer

    “In a clear and masterful way, Felten and Procter-Murphy . . . open up a pathway to a more vital and even exciting way to approach the Christian faith in the 21st century.” – FRED C. PLUMER, President,

  6. John Shelby Spong

    “David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy speak with high levels of credibility to the deep and abiding human hunger that yearns for a Christian future.” – JOHN SHELBY SPONG, author of ‘Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World’

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