Religion Quotes of the Day

Sociologist Bradley Wright in an interview from Patton Dodd at Patheos:

There is this funny paradox: people tend to think that their own lives are getting better over time, but they think [society] is getting worse. Are your finances getting better over time? Yes. Is the economy getting better over time? No. Isyour family getting better over time? Yes. Are American family relationships getting better? No. One psychologist referred to it as, “The grass is browner on the other side.”

Bradley Wright again, in Christianity Today:

Social scientists have repeatedly surveyed views of various religions and movements, and Americans consistently hold evangelical Christians in reasonably high regard. Furthermore, social science research indicates that it’s almost certain that our erroneous belief that others dislike us is actually harming our faith.

Joanna Brooks on “myths” about Mormonism:

Growing up in California, I frequently heard that I belonged to a cult; local churches screened anti-Mormon films; and classmates taped anti-Mormon notes in my locker. Some people will never see Mormons as Christians. But ask my Jewish husband if he thinks his Christmas-celebrating, New Testament-reading Mormon wife is Christian, and his answer will be absolutely yes.

Joel J. Miller:

We’re reaping the results of ministry decisions made decades ago which turned (and continue to turn) the church’s attention to the experience of the churchgoer. We’re now less worshipers or even participants in ministry. We’re more, as Rachel Daniels put it, “consumers of Christianity.” Should we be surprised then that people act like consumers, that they feel entitled to judge, to rate, to rank, to approve, to critique, to tweet as the pastor finishes his homily, “Sermon today? #Fail,” even if only in our heads?

About Timothy Dalrymple

Timothy Dalrymple was raised in non-denominational evangelical congregations in California. The son and grandson of ministers, as a young boy he spent far too many hours each night staring at the ceiling and pondering the afterlife.
 
In all his work he seeks a better understanding of why people do, and do not, come to faith, and researches and teaches in religion and science, faith and reason, theology and philosophy, the origins of atheism, Christology, and the religious transformations of suffering

  • Chris B. Behrens

    Mr. Wright’s observation holds no inherent contradiction – the one thing for certain as time passes is that one grows older. Generally (hopefully), as one grows older, one learns from their mistakes and grows wiser as well, and perhaps wealthier. To observe that one’s immediate circumstances are improving while one’s surroundings deteriorate is to simply determine that one’s well-being is bound more greatly by one’s own actions than one’s environment. That is a wonderful, liberating idea.

  • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

    Yes, we should, when deciding if Mormonism is in line with biblical Christianity, defer to the view of one non-Christian man who is married to a Mormon. He should be the ultimate arbiter of this question which has been debated amongst scholars and theologians for a century and a half. If only they had asked him.

  • G. Kyle Essary

    The Brooks quote was sad in that she was ostracized for her beliefs, but humorous in that she lives in a marriage that is not recognized by the Mormon church and takes the views of her husband, whom the church will not recognize, as the definitive standard over whether or not she is also a Christian.


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