What gives you hope?
Peter Gomes is an American Baptist minister who has served in The Memorial Church at Harvard University since 1970. Gomes is also the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and is the Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church. Gomes is commonly regarded as one of the most distinguished preachers in America. He was named Clergy of the Year in 1998 by Religion in American Life and offered prayers in the inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
Educated at Bates College and the Harvard Divinity School, Revered Gomes alsoholds thirty-six honorary degrees. He is the author of numerous books on the Bible, including the national best-sellers TheGood Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Sermons:Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living.
Question: What gives you hope?
Peter Gomes: Dealing with my students gives me the most hope. I see an enormous range of talent and opportunity in the students that pass through my courses, and through the church, and through the other settings in which I meet young people here and across the country. I have tremendous hope in the rising generation. I believe in them. I believe not only are they, in terms of the initial statistics, smarterme cause for encouragement. than their parents. I believe that they are less capable of being seduced by the talents and the treasures of this world. That they have a higher standard of what they want, and what they feel they deserve, and what the world requires. I look to them to … to produce, in some sense, this ideal world. Their parents have had their chance and they’ve squandered it. There’s not much there to be had, it seems to me. But in these young kids that we produce regularly each year out of college despite this one, I believe, is the world’s best chance, the world’s best hope. That gives
Recorded on: 6/12/07
Peter Gomes distinguishes between hope (a long view) from optimism (the short view).