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The Territory of Religion

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We miss the essence of great religious figures. Karen Armstrong insists, if we imagine them sitting, uttering a list of doctrines. ‘And our theology,’ she says, ‘should be like poetry.’

This is a lovely and important way to understand why we can’t compare faith flatly to reason and declare it intellectually inferior. Its territory is the drama of human life where art is more precise than science, where ideas are lived and breathed. Our minds can be engaged in this realm as seriously as in the construction of argument or logic, but in a different way. Life and art both test the limits and landscape of argument and logic. We apprehend religious mystery and truth in words and as often, perhaps, beyond them: in the presence of beauty, in acts of kindness, in silence. Silence is an endangered quantity in our time – though monasteries and retreat centers are filling up with a new kind of pilgrim, modern people stealing away for solitude, starved for silence. Silence, embraced, stuns with its presence, its pregnant reality – a reality that does not negate reason and argument, but puts them in their place.

Krista Tippett


Written by MattAndJojang

October 29, 2008 at 6:43 pm

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  1. There is peace as a time of peace and peace as a life-style and peace as a gift.


    October 29, 2008 at 8:37 pm

  2. “When the well of religion offers dogmas, liturgies, and prayers without engaging the heart, it robs people of an experience of the Divine” -Paul Coutinho, S.J.


    October 30, 2008 at 7:23 am

  3. Is it not because the heart has become disengaged that liturgies and sacraments have come into the christian religion?


    November 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

  4. Hmmm… Religious practices (such as liturgies and sacraments) have always been part of Christianity (or any religion) and they are avenues for experiencing God for many people. But when people are unaware of what these religious practices mean, and what they are meant to signify then it degenerates into meaningless and empty ritual.


    November 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm

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