Public religion, through thick and thin

Religion and the "shared life"

Politics, Religion, and the Common Good : Advancing a Distinctly American Conversation About Religion in Our Shared Life, by Martin E. Marty with Jonathan Moore

Sometimes I hear voices inside my head. I worry about that a bit. Not so much that I am afraid I’m going crazy—I’m not ready to change my name to “Legion.” The voices in my head argue with each other, but they do so rather calmly. And they argue mainly about questions of public policy. The thing that worries me is that sometimes two conflicting voices both make good sense to me. That means I don’t get along very well with many of the people whose theology is quite similar to mine, people who seem not to have any arguments going on inside their heads. Their pronouncements about public life are delivered with a tone of absolute certainty.


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