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Religious right finished?

February 16th, 2007 · No Comments

The Religious Right’s Era Is Over, from Jim Wallis (author of God’s Politics).

As I have traveled around the country, one line in my speeches always draws cheers: “The monologue of the Religious Right is over, and a new dialogue has now begun.” We have now entered the post-Religious Right era. Though religion has had a negative image in the last few decades, the years ahead may be shaped by a dynamic and more progressive faith that will make needed social change more possible.

I have to wonder if this is true, but if so then progressive Christians ought to reflect on their place in the historical process, five centuries after the Reformation, four centuries after Spinoza initiated the tradition of Biblical Criticism, two centuries after Hegel (and Kant!) produced his summation of the Protestant Reformation, and two centuries after two notable ‘protestants’ took that summation into the realm of the nineteenth century left, ….and 2400 years after the Axial Age. Moral: history is out of time for mechanized religious formations (which, however, follow a Newtonian first law of motion, persistence, which is misleading).

Whatever the case, a faction of the Religious Right had the courage to challenge Darwin’s theory, a progressive theme visible in W.J. Bryan, inherited or coopted by Bible Belt conservatives. The ID gambit, a packaged confusion, didn’t do the job, so the job remains to be done.
I suppose we can expect Darwin Day idiots computing electoral market share to produce ‘compromise with scientism’ garbage in the new progressive evangelicalism. ID won’t work either.
So if progressive evangelicals are worth their salt they ought to be up to producing something that will actually work, and be an intelligent interpretation of evolution.

Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · The Axial Age

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