Friday, July 2, 2004
The following words were set to apparently rousing music for the closing celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly on Monday evening. (I was out eating dinner at the time, and so missed this particular bit of GA.)
We don't believe in miracles,
We belong to 21st century worlds,
Free from myth and fantasy,
We live in full reality,
'mid the wonders of our technology,
Surely, surely creation's apogee.
And then, in Dan Harper's report of the event, we come across this unironic passage:
Hushed comments came from the audience throughout this third movement, with members of the audience saying things like, "That was unbelievable!"
Indeed it is! Whenever religious liberals say they "live in full reality" — unlike, say, other people mired in their pathetic myths and superstitions — I see a very lively expression of modern mythology.
I greatly prefer the Rev. David Rankin's view that "all religions, in every age and culture, possess not only an intrinsic merit, but also a potential value for those who have learned the art of listening."
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 2 July 2004 at 6:12 PM