Friday, May 6, 2011
The Creed And Religious Heterodoxy
The above film was put out by the journal First Things, a publication of the Institute for Religion and Public Life. I've read their journal frequently since the prodding of a friend of mine, Antonio Sosa, a contributor to the Daily Caller.
After watching the video, and having read through First Things frequently, I'm left wondering if the considerable work of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others may have actually had a positive result on Christianity and faith in the west. Christianity, like many big institutions that suffer unquestioning faith, has become the vessel of many a slimeball - be it pederasts in the Catholic Church or racketeers in the American televangelist movement. Dawkins and Hitchens may not actually succeed in their mission of delegitimizing faith but they have succeeded in making the faithful re-examine their own sales pitch. A Christianity that celebrates the intellectual inquiry which is a genuine part of its history (the great theologian Jonathan Edwards celebrated inquiry and didn't fear it) is ultimately healthier for its followers and for the world.