Wednesday’s Religion News Roundup: Beck Rebrands, Gay Quake, the Pope’s ‘Spread’

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Not quite another earthquake, but the National Cathedral will marry gay couples. And what’s up with Glenn Beck? The Mormon convert and culture warrior is re-branding: more like Penn Jillette than Chuck Hagel. There's more...

  • Ralph Hythloday

    “I consider myself a libertarian … I’m a lot closer to Penn Jillette than I am to Chuck Hagel,” he says, referring to a famous atheists and a famous pro-life Catholic.

    Hagel is not a Catholic.

  • David Gibson

    Ralph, sharp eyes — I just wrote a blog post on that, and corrected the Roundup:

    Thanks. DG

  • Bill Moore

    In response to spiritual not religious article in RNS 1/9/13

    Distinguishing the distinctions between the religious, spiritual and moral dimensions of ecclesiastical institutions may be helpful at this time.

    In the religious dimensions of life one participates in the rituals, and adheres to the beliefs, that provide common ways of connecting with God’s ways. The function of the priest.
    In the spiritual dimension of life one strengthens one’s capacity to recognize the possible options in a situation and choose to act on the one that is closest to God’s ways of love and fairness. The function of pastor.
    In the moral dimension of life one unites with others in seeking to discern values and methods to promote social policies that will sustain an enduring just society, it requires the capacity to repent and change ones ways when necessary. The function of the prophet.
    Ecclesiastical institutions—churches, temples, synagogues, mosques—provide all three of these functions, which when participated in together, reinforce and empower each other. The wisdom of separating these functions is that it exhilarates effectiveness in one dimension of life temporarily, but requires great efforts to build the language and structure to pass that exhilaration on to others over time. The foolishness to ignore any function, both without and within an institution, diminishes the capacity to sustain life together.
    Bill Moore, Co-director of the Lovejoy Society.

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