What is it? Should we care?
The Basis is the document to which the Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist churches agreed to in order to form the Uniting Church. Should we care?
Yes, because far from merely being a document of the theological fashions of the 1960s, it was even then cutting across conventional theological fault lines. It makes some distinctive moves which make it surprisingly useful in developing a post-Christendom imagination for the contemporary church.
Presenter Geoff Thompson’s book ‘Disturbing Much, Disturbing Many: Theology Provoked by the Basis of Union’ was launched at Synod last year.
Geoff is Co-ordinator of Studies in Systematic Theology at Pilgrim Theological College in Parkville. Pilgrim is the theological college of the Vic/Tas Synod of the UCA and is a member college of the University of Divinity.