Thursday, May 17, 2012

‘A nation of Osteens and Obamas’ - Guest Voices - The Washington Post

Plenty for UUs to ponder from Ross Douthat and his new book: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Religion-Became-Nation-Heretics/dp/1439178305

Finally, when strong religious impulses coexist with weak religious institutions, people become more likely to channel religious energy into partisan politics instead, and to freight partisan causes with more metaphysical significance than they can bear. The result, visible both in the “hope and change” fantasies of Obama’s 2008 campaign and the right-wing backlash it summoned up, is a politics that gives free rein to both utopian and apocalyptic delusions, and that encourages polarization without end.

Again, these tendencies have always been with us. But they’ve usually coexisted with religious institutions rooted in something deeper than the fashions of the moment, and with churches capable of providing a curb on the very American temptation to make God in our own image and declare that we are good. That is what we lack today, and what we need tomorrow.

‘A nation of Osteens and Obamas’ - Guest Voices - The Washington Post

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