The question is whether we can learn to use religious language as a form of self-emptying, not self-justification.
The conjunction of two recent articles on American Catholic history, specifically the history of prayer in schools, provides a timely warning for church involvement in politics.
Spencer Case: “Dear God, I have come to the conclusion you probably don’t exist, but I’ve also come to the conclusion that any one view I hold may turn out to be mistaken, however unlikely the odds seem.”
Fraud, including sycophancy, is endless: it corrosively renders all interactions questionable.
As Peter Berger said, humor posits its “effervescent” reality against the “dense, heavy, compelling” reality of the present.
Springsteen’s world remains one of “great and harsh beauty, of fantastic stories, of unimaginable punishment and infinite reward.” The world is “dark and beatific,” a place of intense grace but also where we can turn into devils.
John Henry Newman wrote, "Who would not rather be found even with Whitfield and Wesley, than with ecclesiastics whose life is literary ease at the best, whose highest flights attain but to Downing Street or the levee?"
The “logic” of torture, that “it was okay to torture the guilty,” continued in Chicago policing at least into the 1970s.