It seems to me, from church history and personal experience, that legalism tends to beget liberalism within a generation or so. Prime example, New England's Puritans were the spiritual "forefathers" of New England's Unitarian Universalists (among others). From my personal observation, the same reactionary response to oppressive legalism within families (and churches) has also spawned liberal theologians in the next generation. Anybody else noticed this? In Christ, Tim P.S. Maybe it works the other way too?