Monday, October 18, 2004

"Without a Doubt"

This NYT magazine article seems to be a popular topic in the blogosphere today. I mostly just skimmed it and wasn't too impressed (and I don't seem to alone). I think the author elided too much amongst various definitions of faith, but pretended it was really the same word through.
The final passage, I think, deserves further reflection, though.

That very issue is what Jim Wallis wishes he could sit and talk about with George W. Bush. That's impossible now, he says. He is no longer invited to the White House.
''Faith can cut in so many ways,'' he said. ''If you're penitent and not triumphal, it can move us to repentance and accountability and help us reach for something higher than ourselves. That can be a powerful thing, a thing that moves us beyond politics as usual, like Martin Luther King did. But when it's designed to certify our righteousness -- that can be a dangerous thing. Then it pushes self-criticism aside. There's no reflection.

''Where people often get lost is on this very point,'' he said after a moment of thought. ''Real faith, you see, leads us to deeper reflection and not -- not ever -- to the thing we as humans so very much want.''

And what is that?

''Easy certainty.''

Maybe more after some more thought.


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