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Liberal Christianity

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Liberal Christianity is a term used in the United States to describe Christians who hold theologically, socially, or politically liberal views.

Liberal Christianity may refer to liberal theologic movements, which take many forms in modern Christianity. In some Christian denominations, support for the ordination of women might be regarded as a liberal position. The blessing by the Church of same-sex unions is a position supported by some liberal Christians, as is the question of special rights for homosexuals.

Liberal Christianity may refer to an opinion or advocacy position on certain political issues. Liberal Christians may oppose the death penalty because of their religious views; they may believe that their faith requires them to support efforts to alleviate poverty; opposition to torture may be justified based on liberal Christianity; a liberal Christian may believe that the obligation to be a good steward of God's creation logically leads one to support efforts to environmentalist movements.