Our kids want us to finally get this right. They have injected the language of transparency and authenticity and integrity into our civic vocabulary.... I hear a wise refusal to disconnect what we know from who we are, what we believe from how we live and who we are to each other.
Who We Are to Each Other
Topic: Society & Civil Religion
This was a pattern of unintentional self-destruction glorified in the twentieth century–to enrich on the outside and impoverish within. Our kids want us to finally get this right. They have injected the language of transparency and authenticity and integrity into our civic vocabulary. These are fragile words, like all words meant to convey deep truth, at risk of overuse and simplification. Behind them I hear a wise refusal to disconnect what we know from who we are, what we believe from how we live and who we are to each other. Such words carry heart-breaking, holy longings for us to see ourselves in our wholeness–to make the move from intelligence to wisdom, from the inside.
Civil Religion, Civil Society
Tippett, Krista. Becoming Wise: an Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. Penguin Books, 2017, p. 169.
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I don’t find it surprising that young people, born in the 1980s and 1990s have distanced themselves from the notion of religious declaration, growing up as they did in an era in which strident religious voices became toxic forces in American cultural life. . . . More to the point: the growing universe of the “Nones” [the approximately 30% of people under thirty who answer “none” when asked about their religious affiliation]–the new nonreligious–is one of the most spiritually vibrant and provocative spaces in modern life. It is not a world in which spiritual life is absent. It is a world that resists religious excesses and shallows. Large swaths of this universe are wild with ethical passion and delving, openly theological curiosity, and they are expressing this in unexpected places and unexpected ways.
–Krista Tippett [Becoming Wise – An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Penguin Press, New York, 2016] pp. 170-171.