Tuesday, April 24, 2007

'Goldilocks' faith serves lukewarm mush - Yahoo! News

'Goldilocks' faith serves lukewarm mush - Yahoo! News:
"For several generations, most Americans have embraced what could be described as the Goldilocks attitude toward religion: affirming faith choices that seemed not too soft but not too hard, not too hot but not too cool. Majorities viewed easy-going moderation and comforting compromise as the religious path that counted as 'just right.'"
-- Michael Medved

[HT to the Classical Presbyterian and Presbyweb]

Michael Medved was raised a Conservative Jew, but has since become an Orthodox Jew. He has consistently written well-thought out columns. His theological point of view is quite different from my own, but his respect for the Scriptures is as reformed as any ardent Presbyterian's.

His perspective might not be expected to yield up the quick impression I had -- that "Laodicean" (Revelation 3:14-22) would have made a as good a metaphor to describe what he has observed.


Quotidian Grace said...

Yes, Medved has a theological point of view that many of us can relate to even though we sit on the other side of the Jewish/Christian divide.

Michael Kruse said...

Concerning that passsage to Laodecia, I had a theology prof who said "I will spit you out of my mouth" might better be translated in our culture as "You make me wanna puke." Sort of captures it, don't you think?

Denis Hancock said...

Thanks, QG. I can't remember who actually said this the first time, but one quote has nagged me for years:

"If you try to be all things to all people, you end up being nothing to anyone"

Denis Hancock said...

Thanks, Mike, for the vivid imagery.

This wouldn't have been an outspoken professor from Eastern with the initials TC, would it?