I'm a big fan of Olson, and this post gave me great pause as per usual. "Liberal" is, these days, generally used as a pejorative, intended for the use of indelicate dismission. It is no different than calling someone a "fundamentalist" because they believe in inerrancy.
Liberal is not a disagreement, but a hermeneutical lens.
"One of my biggest pet peeves is people throwing labels around when they don’t understand them. I teach at a seminary often accused by the ignorant of being “liberal” because it allows women to study for the ministry. I’ve been asked when I “became liberal” and started believing in women’s ordination and women as lead pastors. The first denomination to ordain women as pastors was the theologically conservative but socially progressive Free Methodist Church and it did that way back in the mid-19th century. (Quakers, or Friends as they prefer to be called) had women leaders before that but they didn’t exactly “ordain” anyone or have lead pastors in our modern sense.) I grew up in a very conservative denomination that ordained women. We had women pastors and evangelists. Both my birth mother and stepmother were licensed to preach.
Olson and Liberal Theology