This past week, I've been following this thread a little closely, and reflecting a bit on your thoughts OP. It's of interest to me because there was a phase in which I found that almost all the tenets of progressive Christianity you listed were more convincing than not, and at the same time, felt shame for having believed various traditional views I maintained before, and cringed with embarrassment at the amateur arguments I posted online to defend them. So upon reading your post, I feel that I relate in a way, though one dissimilarity was that I never fully embraced the idea that homosexual sex is a morally acceptable act. Nevertheless, in my mind, there was a preponderance of evidence against various traditional norms, including a male-only priesthood, biblical inerrancy, literalism, and other things. Much has pulled me far away from these progressive notions, intellectually, psychologically and introspectively. I'll drop a few small things to think about. Some of these things might not address your exact process of thought, and I don't presume to know your exact sentiments, feelings, and experiences. Every person's mind is unique. First, you seem to have quite a bit of shame, and this can have an impact on intellectual convictions. The reverse can be true as well, granted. But it is not always clear, not even to one's own self, which one is influencing the other. When you're surrounded by people who have a disdain, no matter how gentle or passive that disdain is, for things like opposition to women's ordination or homosexuality, you will inevitably feel that pressure. You begin to feel (and are made to feel) like a sociopath, full of hate and void of empathy, neanderthalic, oppressive, and so on. It's very clear from your post that you feel immense shame, as I did, for embracing beliefs that everyone in the canonical church embraced without the slightest bit of shame, doubt, reservation, or repentance until the last century— everyone, including the great saints of history, who we annually venerate and celebrate. More precisely, we venerate and celebrate the divine gift of holiness which they received from God and lived out— holiness which is an example for us. Considering this, do you think the change of heart and mind you feel might be grounded, not in careful analysis of Christian truth, but rather in the prevalent resistance and disgust from the people around you? It seems it is not grounded in the scriptures, even though you have indirectly alluded to 1 John 4 as being somehow relevant. But you have confined scripture, or at least the literal interpretation thereof, to "texts written between 2000-5000 years ago" that are, as you imply, profitable for little to no teaching, reproof, or correction, with the possible exception of what is written in 1 John 4, which you seem to interpret to the word, or literally. Somehow, God is love, and this is preeminently and literally true, though it comes from a 2000-5000 year old text that should not be interpreted literally. This progressive view of scripture is mauled without mercy by the likes of Richard Dawkins. Christianity is useless, or at the very least, unnecessary, if it offers nothing that can't be had by one who rejects it. It may even be dangerous to accept in any way at all, considering that most biblical teaching, literally understood, does not align with progressive values. So, God forbid you become an atheist, but the sentiment you have come to embrace will logically lead you to that conclusion. If you can pick and choose from the bible what deserves belief, while discarding what you deem to be too old to believe, you have done little more than select from scripture what satisfies your own personal worldview, agenda and prejudices, consequently enthroning these aspects of your mind, and subjugating scripture to a rank subservient and submissive to you. How then exactly and why does it have any more value than Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? One last thing. I've lost my share of debates and at times been stumped by seemingly irrefutable information which contradicts my faith and values. I've also at times learned new information that reverses this effect, and what was previously "irrefutable" became, in my mind, refuted. I don't consider being stumped a reason to abandon ship. Being blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine is not productive. Theological progressivists make this a way of life, every few decades (or even more frequently) concocting a new belief, value, or cause, and then abruptly accusing people of lacking love for not accepting it. Little do they seem to realize that 50 years later, they will themselves be accused of the very same thing in relation to the latest progressive inventions. It's madness. Traditional tenets of orthodox Christian belief, practice and morality, from exclusively male priests to monogamous heterosexual marriage only, are not cultural happenstance, or hateful prejudices that our fathers in the faith maintained and defended. There is deep, careful theology behind these unpopular beliefs, and they, along with many other things, are maintained, to safeguard our Christian faith from cultural happenstance in the first place.