Monday, January 11, 2010

Too smart for our own good?

Whenever I hear about why mainline churches are failing, I hear about bad music, inept clergy, mean congregations, and preoccupation with institutional maintenance. I almost never hear about the intellectualization of the faith, which strikes me as a far greater danger than anything else on the list.

In an age of information overload, the last thing any of us
needs is more information about God. We need the practice
of incarnation, by which God saves the lives of those whose intellectual assent has turned as dry as dust, who have run frighteningly low on the bread of life, who are dying to know more about God in their bodies. Not more about God. More God.

Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor

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