Generous Orthodoxy  

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


For you preachers and theologians out there, take heart from the discussion going on in France. Finance Minister Christine Lagarde says the French people think too much and should roll up their sleeves and get to work.

Alain Finkielkraut, a Parisian philosopher, writer, professor and radio show host, responded as follows: “How absurd to say we should think less! If you have the chance to consecrate your life to thinking, you work all the time, even in your sleep. Thinking requires setbacks, suffering, a lot of sweat.”

Vive la France! Vive la difference! Pensez! (and read Pascal's Pensees while you're at it.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Al Qaeda and our response

In her column today, Maureen Dowd writes, "Al Qaeda has exploded into a worldwide state of mind." That sounds to me like a breathtakingly accurate assessment.

Now that poses the question: what would the Christian Church's worldwide state of mind look like? After spending three months in the reddest of red states where there is a church on every corner, I sense that the question is urgent. On Sundays in this semi-rural but fast-developing part of Virginia, the parking lots of the traditional churches have ten or fifteen cars in them, whereas some of the others have more than a hundred cars parked--an interesting commentary on American church life today. But think of this another way. In which of these congregations are there prayers for our troops? Probably all of them. In which of them are there prayers for our enemies? Probably neither, if my experience is any guide. In which of these congregations is there soul-searching about the way the world perceives us as Christians in America?

Just pondering....