parson found himself in one of those situations he'd rather not be
in. A group of pastors from around the area, many of whom were
leaders of independent churches, were present at the same community
meeting as was the parson.
the completion of the agenda, the some in the group began discussing
issues facing the community and the country. The parson was sitting
in a chair that did not allow an unnoticed exit, so he pushed himself
back in the chair and listened intently.
conversation ranged from the pending law before the United States
Congress to prohibit abortions after the 20th week to the
issue of “the gay agenda” that was endangering the moral fabric
of the country. The parson was impressed with the ability of the
various pastors to quote extensive passages from Leviticus, the
writings of Paul and the Revelation. The parson found himself
fascinated with the flow of the discussion.
as he should have know, eventually, one of the brethren turned to
him. “You're kinda quiet, Parson,” he said. “I suppose you're
going to feed us some of that liberal theology of yours.”
at all,” said the parson.
you don't have any comment, any observation?”
no,” said the parson. “I have an observation, if you want to hear
we want to hear it,” the confronter replied.
fascinated,” said the parson, “at how infrequently the Christians
when discussing these issues quote Jesus.”
3:00 p.m. EDT, today, Diana Butler Bass and New York Times columnist
Ross Douthat will participate in a conversation about the “Future
of Faith.” The conversation is hosted by Yale Divinity School.
Bass' book, Christianity After Religion, addresses
the fact of religion, and particularly Christianity being reshaped by
today's changing world. She also suggests that religious life has
been greatly influenced by the Franciscan revolution, the Protestant
Reformation, the Wesleyan revival and the three Great Awakenings of
North America, and that we may be at the dawn of a new awakening.
Dr. Bass' blog on Huggington Post)
can watch the conversation live on Livestream.
Below is the unedited interview Krista Tippett conducted with Rabbi David Hartman, in which he confronts God in the modern world, and the deepest meaning of the Jewish state as a sacred obligation. The interview aired on "On Being" on American Public Media / National Public Radio.
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