The principles of reason, tolerance, and freedom

 never stand alone-as if they themselves generated the power for their realization. They presuppose something more. They presuppose that resources are available for the realization of a way of life and a fellowship, indeed of a fellowship that includes much more than reason, tolerance, and freedom. Ultimately, our faith is in these resources, not in the principles.
James Luther Adams, “Changing Frontiers of Liberal Religion,” The Prophethood of All Believers
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In von Hügel’s  view, the religious person

 should cultivate an all-round interest in the world. The deeper one’s sense of the reality of God, the more urgent should be the desire to enrich one’s mind and spirit with all that the secular as well as the sacred order has to offer, for everyone has the religious obligation of coming to know the many-leveled , many-faceted reality around us in as many ways as are possible, for oneself.
James Luther Adams, “The Sacred and the Secular: Friedrich von Hügel,” The Prophethood of All Believers

An idea about God is not God.

It is only a human formula . We should no more identify our idea about God with God than we should identify a physicist’s formula for the operation of electrical energy with electricity.
James Luther Adams, “The Sacred and the Secular: Friedrich von Hügel,” The Prophethood of All Believers

Forgiveness means:

what has happened–I won’t say “whatever,” for judgment is not ruled out–what has happened in the past shall not completely determine the future. You can make a new covenant; you can renew the commitment and you can start again.
James Luther Adams, “Prophetic judgment and Grace,” The Prophethood of All Believers

“I love you nevertheless!”

In my judgment one of the greatest religious seers and intellectuals in the history of humanity was the prophet Hosea…Hosea gives you a metaphor, in this case a domestic metaphor, but interpreting the covenant, the political metaphor. Hosea, you will remember, imagines that Yahweh has a faithless bride. She has violated the covenant. Hosea creates this marvelous picture of the groom who has been betrayed. The groom pursues the faithless violator of the covenant and says, “I know what you did! I know what you’ve done! I understand. I know what you will do . Don’t you understand? I love you nevertheless!”
James Luther Adams, “Prophetic judgment and Grace,” The Prophethood of All Believers

The Prophethood of the Congregation

Our tradition has articulated and emphasized the notion, not only of the priesthood of all believers, but also of the prophethood of all believers. This means especially the capacity and the right to participate in the shaping of the congregation. The prophethood belongs not merely to the clergy: It belongs to the congregation and to the individuals in the congregation.
James Luther Adams, “Prophetic judgment and Grace,” The Prophethood of All Believers

With the humanist philosopher William R. Jones,

 I would say that whatever the theological position, it is one that has to be chosen. A theological position claims to be a reading of reality, but this claim can never be properly stated as one objectively sanctioned by reality. Always it has to be chosen.
James Luther Adams, “Prophetic judgment and Grace,” The Prophethood of All Believers