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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Producing outrage

Reading an essay by the sociologist of religion Robert Wuthnow on Producing the Sacred: An Essay on Public Religion I was struck by the following comments:
In an otherwise secular society the church must in fact be different. It must do strange things to provide a place where the voice of God can at least be imagined if not actually heard. Clergy do well when they make outrageous statements and love and forgiveness, and congregations do well when they make the even more outrageous attempt to put these statements into practice. (p.58)

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