“Truth is in constant transit. The difference between a liberal and a conservative, I think, is the stomach you have for the journey.”
It is a subtle shift that we make in our liturgy and preaching. But it’s an important one. We do terrible things and we must confess our action. But we are good. We are made in the image of God. And in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven people.
A funny thing happened on the way to the church-as-polis: I can now imagine being a resident alien and invested in the state, in all of its glorious failing.
Ritual actions can linger, even as belief fades in and out. If there is indeed a renewal of high-liturgical worship, I would guess that this is why.
Readers may or may not accept Charles Hefling's reconstruction of the doctrine of original sin. But he continues the tradition of rethinking the faith in light of new knowledge, contexts, and concerns.
Does it always happen that humans sin? Obviously not. But is there any chance that they will not sin?
Rowan Williams favors a kind of secularism that requires an honest broker to mediate and manage genuine difference, rather than one that aspires to little more than maximized choice.
This Lent, add a journey story to your reading. Follow Gilgamesh to the ends of the earth or the Knights of the Round Table into the forest.
Outside Paradise, government will never be perfect. But that's no reason to give up on it—any more than the fact that we can't love our children perfectly entails giving up on loving them as well as we can.