Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spiking the Lukewarm

Andrew Sullivan posted this video of Ross Douthat posing a long-winded question to a liberal theologian, Robert Wright.

To spare you the five minutes of Douthat's prolixity, it comes to this: doesn't liberal theology fail as a substitute for the more definite, specific, and concrete claims of literalist / traditionalist / fundamentalist / pick-your-term theology? Don't people who take the step of believing in a god almost universally choose to take the follow-on step of believing that god cares about them, responds to their prayers, smites their enemies, rewards the righteous, etc?

Wright's brief answer -- "probably" -- says all we need to know about liberal theology. The video:

1 comment:

Laura said...

Paul Bloom wrote a piece about Wright's, "The Evolution of God" in the NY Times Sunday book review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/books/review/Bloom-t.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=nytimes%20book%20review%20wright&st=cse