"What people find out in time” writes Meg Greenfield, “is that the false self they are inhabiting isn’t much of a friend after all. Nor is it any great shakes as a refuge or consolation. They begin to live lives of pantomime, in which gesture is all.
On Being Liked
Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love
Blow the Trumpet in Zion! Global Vision and Action for the Twenty-First Century Black Church
Iva E. Carruthers, Frederick D. Haynes III and Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., eds..
Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture
Vincent J. Miller
In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization
Rebecca Todd Peters
Having: Property and Possession in Religious and Social Life
William Schweiker and Charles Mathewes, eds.
The Divine Voice: Christian Proclamation and the Theology of Sound
Picking up where he left off in Faith Beyond Resentment, Alison, a Catholic priest, continues to expose the subversive potential of the gospel message, especially regarding the situation of gay Christians. In three sets of essays he rejects a patronizing Christian love that does not include liking the persons concerned.
As I sat in a South African retreat center, I was struck by the differences between the two church leaders who were speaking. One is a well-known retreat leader, a contemplative person who stresses the importance of the deep, inward journey of the soul with God.
Toward the end of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a powerful novel about slavery and its aftermath, one of the characters reflects on the impact one woman had on his life: “She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”