Religion as Creative Insecurity

Religion as Creative Insecurity

Religion as Creative Insecurity

Religion as Creative Insecurity

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Our age, someone has said, is an aspirin age. Perhaps we should now call it an "age of tranquilizers." We must reduce tensions, we are told on all sides, avoid conflicts, relax. One advertisement in a public bus urges us to take our worries to church and leave them there!

In this book I shall argue that this flight from insecurity is catastrophic to any kind of human growth. To flee from insecurity is to miss the whole point of being human. It is to miss, at any rate, the whole point of religion, and of the Christian faith in particular. Religion at its best is never a sedative for nerves. That a religion whose symbol is the Cross should be hailed as an antidote for insecurity testifies to the seductive power of the current yearning for security.

True, most of the time we live as if the purpose of life were to avoid suffering. But the problem of life is not, Shall we suffer? -- as if anyone could be sensitively alive and avoid suffering in his own life, or suffering with others in their distress, for which he is sometimes to blame! The real problem of life is, For what shall we suffer? To this question I believe the Christian faith and mature living address themselves. Was it not Jesus who defined that creative insecurity which brings not "happiness" but blessedness? Peace, for him, was not a flight from insecurity. The peace he offered -- "not as the . . .

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