The Clergy: What Are They Good For?
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  • Corlyss

    A sideshow in the 80s and 90s was the roiling sex abuse scandals among televangelists and the Catholic Church. The latter continues to be a sucking chest wound on the Church and other pastoral professions. Especially as the scandals concern children, they represent a dark cloud over any men of faith who ask others to trust them with their spiritual wellbeing.

  • lukelea

    Future clergy might consider getting a superior education in history, literature and philosophy. The way things are going they would have a near monopoly on knowledge of these subjects, without which our culture and civilization can not long endure.

  • wigwag

    My guess is that we are just going through a phase. American piety has peaks and troughs. It’s in a trough now but sometime in the next few decades something will turn it around.

  • Anthony

    Key sentence: “The next generation of Christian leaders are going to have to find creative ways of addressing them if the American Christianity is going to grow and thrive.” Additionally, point about no longer (generally) being most literate as well as skilled is signal.

  • Fred

    I sincerely hope wigwag is right. And I agree with lukelea with one caveat. Where are they going to get the education in humanities? Our universities have just about politicized and theorized the humanities out of existence.

  • vepxistqaosani

    Perhaps it would help if the clergy espoused orthodox Christian theology. See Peter Berger’s article on the two fundamentalisms in the Episcopal Church.

    Between the mainline denominations preaching Progressivism and the fundamentalists and evangelicals preaching the “prosperity gospel,” there’s not a whole lot of Christianity out there.

    • Jim__L

      It’s there, if you know where to look.

      If there’s a stinging critique to be made of such ministers, it’s that they make themselves so hard to find.

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