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Incapable of doubt, incapable of faithThe majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith. -- T.S. Eliot, Introduction (1931), Pascal's "Pensees"
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Problem or Mystery?A problem is something which I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity. -- Gabriel Marcel
Our Ways of Understanding"Our ways of understanding have been collective, beginning with the stories that we told each other around the fire when we lived in caves. Our ways today are still collective, including literature, history, art, music, religion, and science." - Freeman Dyson
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"Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the[nineteenth] century. Kierkegaard was a saint." - Ludwig Wittgenstein, to his friend Maurice Drury.
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Liturgy For The PeopleThe liturgy is essentially not the religion of the cultured, but the religion of the people. If the people are rightly instructed, and the liturgy is properly carried out, they display a simple and profound understanding of it. For the people do not analyze concepts, but contemplate. The people possess that inner integrity of being which corresponds perfectly with the symbolism of the liturgical language, imagery, action and ornaments. The cultured man has first of all to accustom himself to this attitude; but to the people it has always been inconceivable that religion should express itself by abstract ideas and logical developments, and not by being and action, by imagery and ritual. --Romano Guardini, "The Awakening of the Church in the Soul"
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The Anguished QuestionIf you really enquire about God, not with mere curiosity, not, as it were, like a spiritual stamp collector, but as an anxious seeker, distressed in heart, anguished by the possibility that God might not exist and hence all life be vanity and one great madness -- if you ask in such a mood as the man who asks the doctor, "Tell me, will my wife live or will she die?"-- if you ask thus about God, then you know already that God exists; the anguished question bears witness that you know. -- Emil Brunner, "Our Faith"
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Dear Ruby Tuesday,
Having viewed a recent television advertisement for your restaurant chain, I have a question:
What is a “chef-inspired entree”?
Would you happened to have any “chef-made entrees”?
I confess I often make “non-chef-inspired entrees” for my children — you know, pre-prepared foods that just require a little time in the oven or the microwave.
Did he walk on water, or just drink Red Bull? Watch the controversial Red Bull ad.
The recent Dallas Morning News headline read, ‘I Am Second’ advertising campaign aims to put God first
While I find some of the “I Am Second” campaign compelling, I’m going to offer a dissenting opinion regarding evangelistic advertising and marketing campaigns.
I think many well-intentioned people are still playing out a trend that began in the early 1900s in the U.S. and the U.K.
Beginning back then, various fundamentalist, evangelical, and Pentecostal groups saw the principle problem as one of competing messages in a time when mass media was rapidly increasing its influence. The pre-set cultural touchstone of Christianity was no longer pre-set, so the goal became to answer the “bad” messages with “good” messages.
Some of these message campaigns, well-intentioned, got out of hand, like when Prohibition became law.
Today, we have too many messages — advertising prompts, marketing slogans, campaigns of various kinds — and most of them reflect a certain set of values that runs counter to traditional religious views.
Therefore, the well-intentioned, yet wrongly oriented, fundie/evangelical/Pente mind thinks that the problem is too many of the wrong kinds of messages.
Unfortunately, in their answers to the wrong kinds of messages, they are simply adding to the message-overload of our media age, in a time when message-overload is a problem unto itself.
They took the premise of our media age for granted, when the premise itself was a problem.
We need more conscientious objectors in the Message Wars (borrowing from Gregory Wolfe’s approach to the Culture Wars).
“The lost,” as the fundie/evangelical/Pente crowd defines them, do not need more messages. They really, really don’t. Meanwhile, inside some religious crowds, folks have abstracted the impact of the Gospel into polling and statistics. Who believes? Who doesn’t? Who is winning?
If the Gospel is about a relationship — with someone who has already won it all — then why make evangelization about competing messages?
To speak in fundie/evangelical/Pente terms, “the lost” need more genuine relationships with Christians who are going to stick around (instead of leaving when evangelistic efforts don’t produce an immediate conversion), and who can actually relate to others within common interests, instead of constantly proselytizing for their point of view. Inside some religious crowds, folks need to be able to identify those with whom they share common interests, and those with whom they don’t share any interests (ergo, don’t push it), and understand that the foundational commonality of bearing the image of God is our essential human nature, even if some of those images are brutally warped instead of partially restored.
Since the early 1900s, there have been generations of fundie/evangelical/Pente folks who “spread the Gospel” by handing out impersonal, mass-produced pamphlets and by inviting people to big-arena crusades (where, if they came forward, they could receive an impersonal, mass-produced pamphlet).
As a person of something like Reformed Anglican faith, I can’t say all the messages and pamphlets and crusades are entirely bad, and I understand how they can be a welcome change within all the static and visual clutter, but I think the people behind the campaigns subtly reinforce fundamental misunderstandings about what the Gospel actually is (a media event? a popular movement? a momentary triumph in the Message Wars?), as well as what actually influences people, which would be relationships.
We need a few more conscientious objectors in the Message Wars.
-Colin Foote Burch
In Google ads, sometimes a keyword — any keyword — from a given Web page will be automatically plugged into an advertisement. Here are two cells from a Google ad I saw today, copied from a page with anti-cult information: