We may still be attracted to the holy, but disbelief permeates our faith in God because it’s what we “breathe in our times.” Therefore, it’s becoming harder – even for Christians – to view God as believable in today’s age.
The disaster of Notre Dame is not likely to revive Christian belief, but the long process of rebuilding may also rekindle anew an appreciation, if not for religion, then for the idea of faith and the possibility of the transcendent.
Serving as a rector in the increasingly secular Northeast, I often feel like I am working in an unstable religious context.
If religion continues to church-it-up in pretense and inside baseball, we become like Gilbert and Sullivan operettas: great good stuff, beloved by an ever-shrinking, self-congratulating group of lovely people.
This past January I traveled to Israel with a group of 20 clergy. Our group included four rabbis, two imams, two Roman Catholics, and a diverse range of Protestant pastors.
CBC is the measure and gauge for the mind of Canadian culture, but the Christian will have to weather many subtle forms of scorn, belittlement, and mockery, either from the hosts or the guests they pander to.