A preacher is not called on to be a mirror in which the congregation can identify themselves. He or she is called on to be a kind of clear window through which congregants are called to see the vision of what they ought to be and do individually and collectively
Posted by Gardner Calvin Taylor, on March 25, 2008 10:54 AM
Obama’s candidacy is genuinely thrilling but also depressing, for it demonstrates that even a person of the greatest candor and eloquence must still claim to believe the unbelievable in order to have a political career in this country.
A candidate should not be held responsible for the whacko views of a friend or family member, but the relationship between a congregant and the pastor of his church is quite different. The very essence of membership in a particular church is an assumed community of values. Obama can't deny that.
(Excerpted with permission from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Go here to read the entire essay.) Through the decades, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. has called me teacher, reminding me of the years when he earned a master's degree...
Posted by Martin Marty, on March 25, 2008 12:25 AM
I am a 75-year-old, white, male, a proud veteran of the Marine Corps., a retired Episcopal clergyman, and I speak as one who loves this country. Oh how I wish the congregation my wife and I attend had a minister like Dr. Wright.
Posted by James Anderson, on March 21, 2008 9:06 AM
What made the Philadelphia speech so moving is that it wasn't political in tone but moral and reflective. Obama's integrity is genuine on the face of it. As long as that remains true, people will have no trouble telling Wright and wrong.
Posted by Deepak Chopra, on March 18, 2008 12:18 PM
Maybe we ought to ask people running for elective office if they completely agree with all the individuals they are variously close to--their spouses, siblings, friends, physicians, attorneys, bankers... Gee, we've got the makings of a real inquisition here. What fun.
Posted by Gustav Niebuhr, on March 18, 2008 10:20 AM
I am glad that Barak Obama took a bold stand in support of his pastor and has used the opportunity to raise issues about race relations in our country, issues that are far too often swept under the rug.
Posted by Pamela K. Taylor, on March 18, 2008 8:22 AM
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CAT: As an African American woman, I believe that Obama handled this issue very well. I would have been disappointed had he condemned Rev. Wright...
1Globalian: In this latest speech, Obama handled the current controversy with Rev. Wright exceptionally well, while seizing this opportunity open the di...
TJ: I don't see anything inflammatory about those statements. They seem strike me as being factual.
Does the truth really hurt so bad that we ...