Roundup: Revelation, church as punching bag, Harry Herbert, sabbath economics, building relationships
How to read, and re-read, the Book of Revelation — a conversation with Elaine Pagels.
It seems that churches and religion in general are everyone’s favourite punching bag this week, says Alistair Macrae.
As one of Australia’s most prominent progressive church leaders, the Rev. Harry Herbert, announces his retirement, he also speculates on the future of that bastion of liberal theology, the Uniting Church.
Most churchgoers see no great conflict between their beliefs and life in a market economy such as ours. But proponents of the little-known ‘‘sabbath economics’’ argue Christ’s teachings have been reinterpreted over the centuries to make them fit with modern capitalism.
Someone must work to rebuild our relationships and to reconnect us to one another; someone must begin to work for real change in our day and age.