A Religious Liberal Blog

This site hopefully can provide some vehicle by which I can comment, complain, and once in a while praise the state of religion in this country and around the world from a liberal protestant perspective.

Monday, April 04, 2005

It's been frustrating to read the attack against "seculars" by the church and some on the right. There is some room to criticize the events and institutions which have been classified as secular.
But maybe there are things of which we can praise as well. To the degree that the church and the secular can mutually critique and maybe learn from each so as to improve both, all the better.

That would be better than one sided attacks. Below is some quotes from John Dewey's work The Quest for Certainty, where he emphasizes the common world in which the religious and secular live, a world with problems that need cooperation from all facets of life. Seeking to go after a group because they are part of or not part of the church irresponsibily pulls us away from the problems of human life which we all face.

"The historic isolation of the church from other social institutions is the result of pride. The isolation, like all denials of interaction and interdependence, confines to special channels the power of those who profess special connection with the spiritual. In condemning other modes of human association to an inferior position and role, it breeds irresponsibility in the latter.This result is perhaps the most serious of the many products of the dualism between nature and spirit."

2 Comments:

At 12:05 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

There is no such thing as a partial universal. At the same time, there is no such thing as contradictory ultimates. There's the rub. One side of the "culture war" focuses on the first truth, the other on the second.

 
At 8:49 PM , Blogger Xpatriated Texan said...

There is such a thing as imperfect understanding. I believe many of our inconsistencies will be revealed to have been the result of not seeing things from God's perspective.

From my perspective, the religious right took control of the church (evangelical church) because liberals like myself simply left rather than stand and fight for it as we should have. Our voice is muted and weak.

The problem with the church, in general, is not that we fail to speak with one voice, but that we fail to speak with enough voices.

 

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