Monday, February 16, 2009

Do you ever wonder why the poor and the working classes, if they’re religious-minded, are almost always followers of the most conservative forms of religion?
I know enough about the charismatic churches to know that whatever they lack in theological depth and sophistication, they make up for in speaking directly and realistically to the struggles of those on the economic margins. Whatever the criticism I have of those churches and their theologies, I am grateful for them, because they’re reaching people who are drowning in this cultural tempest, and offering them a lifeline that these folks just aren’t finding at the more established churches.

“They want answers, not questions,” Breyer writes. “
[T]he more contradictions I point out in the Bible, the more the inmates decide there is no point in wasting their time with a religion that lacks answers.”

In other words, the people who have the most to lose from a life without moral boundaries are those who have the most attraction to strict religion. I know, I know, there are exceptions. But I believe it to be true that those who support a libertine cultural politics are those who either have not thought about the consequences of their politics on the broader society, or don’t have to think about it because they can’t imagine paying a material price for living by those principles.
Rod Dreher

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