Wondering at the Fair
I’ve been tracking the evolution of the blog Wondering Fair over the past year with great interest, not least because of the excellent writing and theological engagement with culture that it contains. I have appreciated the diversity of voices, the spectrums of issues raised, and the overall vision of a safe and interesting place to talk about the things that matter most to us. René has really done a great job in articulating and implementing a vision for constructive and stimulating conversation about faith, God, and truth in a post-Christian world that is often suspicious about these very things.
Not surprisingly, when I was asked to be a regular contributor to WF, I leaped at the opportunity. I will be writing for WF monthly, for those who are interested, and my first post went up today. It is a pleasure to contribute, and I’m looking forward to wondering about a variety of things alongside some very creative and insightful writers!
Hitchens is, in large part correct when he says that religion poisons everthing – although it needn’t, and I don’t believe that God intended it to be that way. We as Christians have that choice
Maybe I’m naive but I thought that Christ was there to walk with and beside us, not to control the world ahead of us
I think that certain expressions of religion poison some things some of the time, but I think Hitchens overstates things pretty dramatically with the word “everything.” I think that “religion” (to whatever extent this generic term is even useful) has done an enormous amount of good in the world, and that religious presuppositions form the foundation of a lot of good that is still done in the world, regardless of what is claimed to be motivating it.
(I’ve written a bit about this topic in a previous post that can be accessed here, for those who might be interested.)
Hey Ernie, what about a Christian responsibility to influence the world around us? Does it exist? Should it exist?
If religion poisons everything or for the sake of arguement, the potential for poisonous outcomes, what human organization or ethos would be immune to such a charge?