I keep going back to British Unitarian minister and blogger Stephen Lingwood’s latest blog post where he — following a threat on yet another blog — distinguishes between liberals, radicals and conservatives. Be sure to read it.
I keep wondering if the collapse of liberal religion has more to do with our sense of comfort in a damaged and damaging world — a sense most people cannot afford — than our collective inability to raise money or leaders. And then there’s the middle-aged skeptic in me that has seen the alternating self-congratulating, self-destructive and bitter modes of real-life radicals, whether they are religious, political or social.
I even wonder if these are the distinctions we ought make: is visiting the radical-conservative-liberal continuum vital and challenging, or hopelessly lost to another generation?