Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?

By Nicholas Kristof
The cast from a Palm Sunday Passion play in Wisconsin. Credit Mark Power/Magnum Photos
One puzzle of the world is that religions often don’t resemble their founders. “Our religions often stand for the very opposite of what their founders stood for,” notes Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor, in a provocative and powerful new book, “The Great Spiritual Migration.” Founders are typically bold and charismatic visionaries who inspire with their moral imagination, while their teachings sometimes evolve into ingrown, risk-averse bureaucracies obsessed with money and power. “No wonder more and more of us who are Christians by birth, by choice, or both find ourselves shaking our heads and asking, ‘What happened to Christianity?’” McLaren writes. [link]