Children of a Better God by S. M. Hutchens

Children of a Better God

A Reply to “Is God Masculine?”

by S. M. Hutchens

Alan Padgett may be thanked for candor in his attack on the “traditionalist” Christianity shared against him and his authorities by the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox editors of Touchstone. He is not ashamed to make it clear his opinions are based on modern realizations about the inner nature of the faith, things not fully known or appreciated in the past, and against which those who fail to change their antiquated patriarchalist views may be accused of the unorthodoxy of Traditionalism. Thus he enlists the saints, angels, and even some of the doctors of the Church in his cause, for no right-thinking believer will mistake the traditions of humans for the doctrine of God, understood, thanks primarily to the efforts of a great many scholarly persons, more perfectly now than in times past. His frankness extends to his remarks about just what is wrong with the kind of Christianity against which he stands, but it is just there that those who may not be altogether sure of his materially advanced orthodoxy will find some points that give them pause.

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S. M. Hutchens is a Touchstone senior editor.

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