Religion in a Modern World
now, but edited: http://bigthink.com/ideas/3020
So, if I understand this correctly, the place of Religion in a Modern World, according to Jim Wallis, is the importance of balancing reflection and social activism. That religious-based social movements are first priority, but that they need to be balanced with contemplation.
He argues that the Place-of-Religion in a modern world is the movement of Service to Social Movements to Politics balanced with some contemplation. But too much contemplation without activism is narcissistic, suggesting that perhaps narcissism is the reason for the failure of mainstream Christianity.
Yet he ignores that the narcissistic (excessive contemplation) Evangelicals went from too much contemplation to Politics completely skipping the Service and Social Movement stages, unless one counts political activism as a social movement.
Uhmmmm....this sounds again like someone who has more education than is useful: that Mr. Wallis cannot draw back far enough from a micro-focused perspective (a disease of excessive education which demands ever more tighter focuses) to actually make an argument supporting the Purpose-of-Religion in a modern world.
Or are we to accept that Mr. Wallis assumes that social activism is the only Purpose-of-Religion in a modern world?
Mr. Wallis: I thought that the question was The Place (or purpose) of Religion in a Modern World, so please enlighten us: what is The Place of Religion in our, now post-Modern, world?
Re: What is your definition of God? 100 words or less.
'God is the name we give to the ideas we create to make our ignorance more bearable'
God is the name we give to the ideas we create to inspire us to raise our eyes up from the mud, to stand tall and reach out to ideas larger than our minds can hold.
The problem begins when our ideas of god become too small for our 21'st century understanding; when Dark Age and Middle Age ideas constrict restrict and censure our gods' abilities.
Here a layman is able to enunciate a clear purpose for RELIGION and FAITH ( to raise our eyes up from the mud), yet a Harvard professor is unclear and muddy?