Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Civic Religion

"A religious statement, on the other hand, which says, 'do not be conformed to the values of society' swings an axe at the trunk of civil religion. Civil religion eases tensions, where biblical religion creates them. Civil religion papers over the cracks of evil, and biblical religion strips away the covering, exposing the nasty places. Civil religion prescribes aspirin for cancer, and biblical religion insists on the knife" (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 252).

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Pilgrim said...
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Pilgrim said...

I think about this every day, as I pass Faubion United Methodist's marquee which often reads,