Re: virus: Today's Religions

Tim Rhodes (
Sat, 20 Mar 1999 13:58:49 -0800

Oops! Another typo!!! (bad Tim! No! No!) This is the actual "All Things Considered" RealAudio link: Youth and Religion -- In the first of an occasional series on Young People and Religion, NPR's Lynn Neary reports on members of Generation X who are filling two very different churches in Seattle. One is a borrowed space in which traditional doctrine is celebrated to a rock music beat. The other uses ancient ritual but adheres to less traditional teachings. This is the first part of an occasional series that will air on ATC on the first Monday of the month. (12:30)

[You may find it interesting to note: A pastor in the first five minutes of the program uses a Brodiesque description of religious tolerance--"holding more than one set of beliefs at a time"--to describe the modern thinking in religion today.]

-Prof. Tim
-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Rhodes <> To: '' <> Date: Friday, March 19, 1999 7:35 PM
Subject: virus: Today's Religions (was: Prisoners my Derrida!)

>On Fri, 19 Mar 1999, Andreas Engström wrote:
>> Besides, one of the greatest problems of most christian faith is that
>> it IS invoking bogeymen from even further back than a mere 800 years
>> I am quite _now_, thank you very much. The question is _when_ people are
>> who use as a basis for their faith the personal totem of a modestly
>> man who moved from Babylonia northwards with parts of his family about
>> years ago. If we want a faith, is there really nothing more sensible to
>> our faith upon?
>If you have a RealAudio player check out story from All Things Considered:
> (the part
>about postmodern religion starts about 18 minutes into it, depending on the
>player your using)
>Religion is meme complex. It evolves. And it is undergoing a change right
>in our generation, that may very well make it highly adaptive over the next
>century. We would be foolish to ignore it, and perhaps even more foolish
not to
>help steer that change in a useful direction.
>-Prof. Tim