Saturday, June 30, 2007

Two Big Ideas?

According to Martin Marty, the West (and, especially, Western journalism) has been dominated by two big ideas.

One idea was that every time you looked out your window, there was going to be less religion around than there was before.

The other idea was that whatever leftover religion you find, it was going to be tolerant, concessive, mushy and so on. Instead, there has been an increase in religion and the prospering religions are all extremely intense. The versions of Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism that are prospering tend to be among people who care very much about what their faith is about.

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