Those who occupy pulpits, be they the bully pulpits of the president or other nationally prominent people or the local yet influential pulpits of pastors, have special responsibilities for discerning signs of the times and pointing directions. Feeling some of that responsibility, this author is fumbling for ways to make a possible contribution.
Let me stress that when asked about the future, all honest historians have to say, “I don’t know.” But the past does offer some landmarks, some sense of what the future landscape might be. Some interviewers tell me that as they consider the future, they find useful a distinction I have made between the ways nations, societies and cultures experience change.
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