Religions that Flourish

Great article by David Brooks this week (link here). There is a modern tendency to view religion as something beneficial as long as it stays out of the realms of metaphysics and the real world and teaches others to be accepting, all the while providing comfort. Brooks, and I think he is very persuasive here, argues that the religions that flourish have a very rigid theology, provide a “map of reality,” often have strict ethical codes, and do not change with fads. This “soft” view of religion that many have come to accept in is not very consistent with the timeless role religion has played in history.


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