Monday, May 2, 2011

Organized Religion?

In an article about his book Naked Spirituality Brain McLaren was asked about his thoughts on "organized religion." McLaren asked, "What are people critiquing when they are critiquing organized religion? I like to say, 'Is disorganized religion better?'" He goes on to assert that people are really objecting to what they see organized religion doing, specifically around right-wing political causes. So then he ask, "Well, what would the right purposes [of organized religion] be?"
Today's Reading: John 13:1-17
What purposes does the church have?
For whose purpose is it when the community of the faithful gather? For whose purpose is the community of the faithful sent?
How would you relate to a friend the purpose of the church? Organized religion?

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