As I was watching tidbits from the most recent GOP presidential debate a thought came to mind. I wonder when Mary fled into Egypt, did she have papers? Or was she illegal? Did that make Jesus an illegal?
Dinesh D'Souza wonders where all the smart atheists have gone. But it made me think of a different question. Where did the Christian theologians go who did not see atheism as an enemy and was not interested in promoting Christianity against others.
Rather they sought to draw from the resources of that tradition to engage in the problems of human life in conversation with other traditions and disciplines. Names like Tillich and the Niebuhr brothers come to mind. That way of engaging faith is what's needed.
One author describes the religious right as "creepy..all scrunched brows and gnarled hands and so much repressed sexuality" This is a dehumanized caricature. Despite the authors professed views such talk is far from liberal. It's Jack Chick in reverse.
If you read Jack Chick tracts all the liberals and bad guys have "scrunched brows and gnarled hands" while all the good Christians looked positively Aryan. It would be nice if we could somehow get beyond that kind of discourse all together.
I couldn't help but take the accent quiz Bob Cornwall pointed me to. I scored "North Central" which "professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot." Growing up in eastern Montana and North Dakota this makes sense, eh?
Correction I am aware of a number of Christian theologians who currently are engaged with their and other traditions and disciplines in tackling the issues of life. Unlike Dawkins and D'Souza they don't get much media play or end up in the NY Times Bestseller's List.