Thursday, September 25, 2008

Texas Faith Perspective

For the past few weeks I, and a number of other pastors, theologians and religious thought leaders throughout Texas, have participated in an online forum hosted by the Dallas Morning News. Weekly we are asked to give our perspective on a particular issue as viewed from our faith perspective. Readers have the opportunity to respond to our answers and we, in turn can react to their responses (so far I haven't but some of the 'discussions' are pretty interesting).

The questions are put to us by a group of DMN editorial writers: Bill McKenzie, Jeff Weiss, Wayne Slater and Richard Dreher.

This weeks question comes from Jeff: "What do you find in your faith tradition that helps you deal with or explain the reality of suffering?"

Hope you find the answers interesting and stimulating. If you've got a response, you can post it here and/or at the DMN site. But I'd love to know what you think.

Click on this link to participate view and participate:
http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/09/texas-faith-how-does-religion.html

5 comments:

courtney said...

Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us. You've given me a lot to think about this morning.

I am struck by the common threads that run through the ideas of people from such different faith traditions. There seems to be much agreement that there is no easy answer to the question of suffering and that faith - a choice to believe in and trust to something when we've reached the limits of what we can know or explain - is essential. Each person might be choosing to put their faith in a somewhat different - or very different in some cases - place, but each one has invoked faith to find a means of dealing with suffering.

That seems important to realize when there is so much discussion lately of the differences between "faith-based" (usually indicating some kind of organized religious) approaches to life and other approaches. We all have faith in something since none of us can know the answers for sure.

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