I never write book reviews ... until now. Now I am making an exception for three reasons: (1) Philip Yancey's book Disappointment with God is an unflinching appraisal of how long-term disappointment precipitates crises of faith in the life of religiously devout people, (2) the theodical implications of that process, and (3) the theological consequences of (1) and (2). If you have been reading these columns for the last few years, you know that this has been a strong preoccupation of mine. But even though I wrote an Amazon review of Disappointment with God, I was not writing these "Skeptic's" columns at the time. So the following is in the nature of the latter playing catch-up with the former.
The Christian community almost always deals with disappointm
If there were more Christians and Christian ministers like the Rev. Terri Stewart, there is a pretty good chance -- who knows for sure? -- that I would still be one, too. And if there were more monotheists like Terri, it is a pretty safe bet that -- while there no guarantees -- I most likely would not, as I presently do, regard monotheistic religion as a malignant canker on the arse of human spirituality. (For the record: I do have deep and abiding respect for non-theistic religions, e.g., Buddhism and Taoism, where One Big Guy does not run Everything.) We do have our differences, e.g., Terri is much more reluctant than I to offend people. But let's not quibble. Most of all, let's not quibble, given that Terri recently wrote and published what I regard as the most realistic, level-he
So, I am sad today. What I am most sad with is the calls all over the internet (and by internet, I mean Facebook) that are saying, "Love wins in the end! Hold onto hope!" Uh huh. In the meantime, Mexicans, Muslims, LGBTQIA folx, are terrified that they will be kicked out, detained, or have their marriages annulled or bathroom rights taken away. And by Mexicans, Muslims, and LGBTQIA folx, I mean United States citizens. Much less being female-bodied and having the most misogynistic and relentless campaign ever take down a woman who is super smart and has a great resume. And don't start with the, "but she is a flawed candidate." Well, aren't we all. And aren't they all. But I have to hand it to the FBI. Comey executed a presidential coup J. Edgar Hoover would be proud of.
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