Widespread Interest in Spirituality Poses Challenge
My friend Monte Sahlin shared the following thoughts after a visit to a national bookstore where he found more than a quarter of the new fiction and at least one in five of the new nonfiction titles featuring spiritual or religious themes. The continuing interest in The Da Vinci Code has revealed a lot of latent interest in spirituality and the central spiritual figure of Western civilization. It seems to be a wave of interest to which the leaders of Christendom (across the spectrum of liberal to Fundamentalist) are strangely blind to the depth of this interest. The question is how to respond to the concept of spiritual reality shaped by popular culture. In the spring issue of The American Scholar, the academic journal of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Garry Wills in the article "What Jesus Did" (pages 52-60), makes an astute observation that the reality of Jesus does not belong to secular thinkers or Fundamentalist theologians. The Jesus that engenders faith is above and beyond all these ideas, studies, analyses and grand theories.
INNOVATIONewsletter, May 12, 2006 Center for Creative Ministry