Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Diner theology

Churches seem to have offered teenagers a kind of "diner theology": a bargain religion, cheap but satisfying, whose gods require little in the way of fidelity or sacrifice.  Never mind that centuries of Christians have read Jesus' call to lay down one's life for others as the signature feature of Christian love, or that God's self-giving enables us to share the grace of Christ when ours is pitifully insufficient.  Diner theology is much easier than all this -- and it is far safer, especially for malleable youth.

Kenda Creasy Dean
Almost Christian
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