There’s a map in my head of everything I’ve ever learned, and everything on it leads right back to a common human nature.
Could I, now a young adult, stand with a religion whose conservative social tenets I more often rejected than accepted?
Maybe the Christian God is less concerned with etching the line between right and wrong in order to distribute points, and more concerned with rescuing people of all sexual orientations and identities through grace and for goodness.
Faculty members representing several world religions spoke Thursday night at the Stanford Humanities Center about how different faiths – including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism – can interact with democratic institutions. The event was a part of a larger year-long program by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies titled, “We the People: Islam and U.S. Politics.”
Christian faith and the complicated overlaps between religion and politics highlighted a talk by Dean of Religious Life Reverend Scotty McLennan and Ron Sanders, a member of the Stanford Association of Religions Executive Committee, Thursday afternoon. The event, “Looking at the Christian Faith and Politics in the 21st Century,” was part of a regular series of lunch panels and talks hosted by Stanford in Government (SIG).
As a lifelong Christian, it’s always perplexed me how successfully the religious right has constructed such a conservative political agenda around so profoundly liberal a figure as Jesus. How has a visionary who cared for the poor been employed in the service of an ideology that so blatantly favors the rich?
Well, if I didn’t have a chance to offer you a “Merry Christmas” in person, I am hereby extending my very best (belated) wishes to you for a very happy Christmas. I offer my benevolence to each of you, regardless of your religious beliefs, political platforms, philosophical tendencies, ethnic origins, or gender. I am always…