Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Religious Institutions Are Ruled By the Morally Bankrupt -- But Should We Be Cheering Religion's Demise?
As we devolve into a commodity culture, in which celebrity, power and money reign, the older, dimming values of another era are being replaced.
It is hard to muster much sympathy over the implosion of the Catholic Church, traditional Protestant denominations or Jewish synagogues. These institutions were passive as the Christian right, which peddles magical thinking and a Jesus-as-warrior philosophy, hijacked the language and iconography of traditional Christianity. They have busied themselves with the boutique activism of the culture wars. They have failed to unequivocally denounce unfettered capitalism, globalization and pre-emptive war.