5/06/2009

Post-Christian America

Al Mohler’s blog recently linked to an article by Stephen Prothero titled “Post-Christian? Not even close.”

Reminds me of a quote from a book I read a few weeks back:

…Is skepticism or faith on the ascendency in the world today? The answer is Yes. The enemies are both right. Skepticism, fear, and anger toward traditional religion are growing in power and influence. But at the same time, robust, orthodox belief in the traditional faiths is growing as well…

…each side should accept that both religious belief and skepticism are on the rise. Ahtiest Sam Harris and Religious Right leader Pat Robertson shouls each admit the fact that his particular tribe is strong and increasing in influence. This would eliminate the self-talk that is rampant in each camp, namely that it will soon be extinct, overrun by the opposition. Nothing like that is imminently possible. If we stopped saying such things to ourselves it might make everyone more civil and generous toward opposing views.

(The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Timothy
Keller, New York: Dutton, 2008, pp. ix, xvi.)

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