Patheos Hits the Public Square

I am strangely remiss and should have announced this last week, but I will plead family issues and a kid with pneumonia as reasonable distractions that made me forget to tell you about Patheos’ latest feature: The Public Square.

The Patheos Public Square is meant to be a gathering place, where people of various faiths can come together — apart from blogs and echo chambers — to dialogue on pressing issues of the day and how faith perspectives can or should influence them, and to explore provocative questions. Currently, riffing a little on Robert Bellah, a group of panelists are addressing whether America Need a “Civil Religion”.

I daresay America has already become one, and that Ameridolatry has its proponents across all spectrums, but you’ll want to go read the assembled panel, which is being added to. Coming up on the horizon will be future pieces on Ethics and Government Secrecy, Faith in the Workplace, The Future of Religious Liberty — these are all important and connected issues, and I hope we begin to see lots of Catholic voices being added to the mix, particularly as tensions increase between churches and government that used to manage mutually beneficial cooperation.

With that growing tension in mind, it will be particularly interesting to see who says what when we get to the Life and Legacy of Rev. Billy Graham, in the future.

Check it out and let me know what you think — I’d love some feedback, and even a sense of what Catholic voices you might like to see invited into these discussions!

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  • Victor

    (((I am strangely remiss and should have announced this last week)))

    Hey Anchoress no body is perfect and remember that there are a LOT of Evangelization screws up and some of them even believe in their own private visions. These visions of theirs constantly call many into the Church, not just Reactionaries, but every oddball, factory reject, weirdo, loser, jerk, and incorrigibly average person in the world and I’m sure that you would find me somewhere in there if you looked long and hard enough. :)

    Relax Anchoress! I’m going to have super, play a card game with the wife, “I” mean my loving wife of 43 years of marriage and then come back and finish reading this. (lol)

    God Bless

  • Manny

    To be honest it did nothing for me. I’m not really interested in faiths other than Christianity, and the site seemed overwhelmingly protestant. Where were the Catholics? Perhaps the subject “Civil Religion” leaves me cold. At best that’s just a wishy-washy belief-in-God-but-not-a-church notion that’s prevelent, or at worse a “spiritual but not religious” mentality. I come here for the Catholic perspectives, not for the grand Patheos vision of religious exchange.