I was once a liberal Protestant and my family is starting to lean toward liberal Protestantism although my extended family is far more fundamentalist. I was just wondering if liberal Protestants were hypocrites. For instance, my father would state believes we should interpret the Bible in light of the creeds but nevertheless, still feels the need to write up the notion of Mary as Theotokos completely unnecessary and keeps referencing some sort of turtle. My family meets with a couple of friends of ours every weekend to discuss different current issues and how Christians should deal with them. Penal substitutionary atonement is always enforced. Statements about the Catholic faith are brought up that I look up afterward and find out were eggregious errors (Catholics struggle with works, Catholics added the “apocrypha” into the Bible, Catholics added to the traditions). Statements are made about homosexuals and they insist one moment that it’s all right and the next moment that it’s not all right. Of course, they maintain to conservative viewpoints on the historical Jesus as well and fight for women in ministry (which for them means women pastors, priests, bishops, etc.). All based on their criticisms of Biblicism which they seem to still maintain.
It makes no sense. Are liberal Protestants hypocritical in this sense? Are they actually living up to their own standards?