• Jack

    WWJBS (What would James Bond say?) He liked his martinis “shaken, not stirred.”

    Seriously, it’s a good title. Keep the good articles coming.

  • MarkE

    This approach is not only necessary but vital for all religious people. King’s namesake Martin Luther was a prima iconoclast, but as with all humans, had his failures and prejudices that we reject today. So, whether Roman Catholic, Protestant Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindu – to question and to challenge the presumptions and underlying rationale for religious tenets continuously replenishes and clarifies one’s faith.

  • Dear Jeff Salkin,

    I am enjoying your columns. This one brought a smile and wonderful feeling to me. Thanks,

  • marc kline

    Well said, Jeff. You missed only one piece I can think of … Heschel said, ” The predicament of prayer is twofold: Not only do we not know how to pray; we
    do not know what to pray for. We have lost the ability to be shocked. Should we
    not pray for the ability to be shocked at atrocities committed by humanity, for the
    capacity to be dismayed at our inability to be dismayed?
    Prayer should be an act of catharsis, of purgation of emotions, as well as a process of self-clarification, of examining priorities, of elucidating responsibility. Prayer not verified by conduct is an act of desecration and blasphemy.
    Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, falsehoods. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.” (Moral Grandeur, pp. 262-63)