11 January 2010


I agree with Ross Douthat, who, in the New York times yesterday, reminds us that the United States allows the free discussion of religion and theology. Just because someone criticizes my religion is no reason to whine that I am a "victim."

He notes that "these believers are colluding in their own marginalization. If you treat your faith like a hothouse flower, too vulnerable to survive in the crass world of public disputation, then you ensure that nobody will take it seriously. The idea that religion is too mysterious, too complicated or too personal to be debated on cable television just ensures that it never gets debated at all."

I like this article; he concludes that "the differences between religions are worth debating. Theology has consequences: It shapes lives, families, nations, cultures, wars; it can change people, save them from themselves, and sometimes warp or even destroy them. "

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