The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.
If all of us protested each theological disagreement we have, there would be hundreds of protests every day. This is not the way to handle disagreements, as it will lead to chaos and societal disturbance.
I've been thinking a lot about change recently because of the course I'm teaching this semester, which looks at the experience of conversion from historical, sociological and anthropological perspectives.
The major policies of the conservative and right-wing politicians today have little in common with biblical faith, no matter how loudly and publicly they proclaim their Christian bonafides. Thus what they so passionately espouse is not biblical Christianity.
In the final analysis, religion is what we humans have made of it, good and bad. Perhaps that's what makes it such a fascinating subject for film. Here then are my candidates for the top ten films dealing with faith and spirituality.
We shouldn't expect the voluntary faith communities to do it alone. We can usually count on the public to be there, but it needs the support and revenue support of the private sector to fulfill that role.
In an era when dominant world views have given way to individual choice, the shoulds and oughts traditionally associated with religion hold less influence. Many wonder why we hold on to ancient beliefs at all.