I haven’t bought many books lately.
Not since I learned about Project Gutenberg.
But today Chris Satullo wrote about one that piqued my interest in his “Center Square” column in the local rag:
It’s the voice of people coming home from the desert of political irrelevance.
It’s the voice of Americans who are Christian, but not conservative.
You can hear the voice on the Web. You can hear it in journals of opinion that now find space for essays that critique fundamentalist politics, yet treat faith with respect.
And you can hear it amid the shelves at Borders. Books such as Bart D. Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus and Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics have become best-sellers, their authors invited to appear on Fresh Air and The Daily Show.
For decades, the dominant voice of religion in the public square has been authoritarian, either traditionalist Catholic or the “God said it; I believe it; that settles it” school.
All along, other Christians worried that these camps were getting an important question wrong: “What would Jesus do?” They suspected He’d reject much of what was being done in His name.
I just got back from ordering Misquoting Jesus. I opted for the Super Saver, so there’s no shipping charge, but I’ll probably have it on Tuesday (there’s an Amazon dot com warehouse just down the road).
Of course, in a gesture to my mispent youth, I also ordered this.