Monday, May 11, 2009

Michael Gerson, "A Faith for the Nones"

Writing this past Friday in The Washington Post, Michael Gerson previews a new book on religion in America here. He concludes:

"The young, in general, are not committed secularists. 'They are not in church, but they might be if a church weren't like the religious right. . . . There are almost certain to be religious entrepreneurs to fill that niche with a moderate evangelical religion, without political overtones.'

In the diverse, fluid market of American religion there may be a demand, in other words, for grace, hope and reconciliation -- for a message of compassion and healing that appeals to people of every political background. It would be revolutionary -- but it would not be new."

HT: Paul Zahl