Saturday, August 21, 2010

Quote of the Day

So, I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there's an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.
-- Barack Obama from a 2004 interview with Chicago Sun Times columnist Cathleen Falsani

I couldn't agree more.

Thanks to Glenn Beck for the find.

2 comments:

Man of the West said...

I believe that there are many paths to the same place...

I couldn't agree more.

I was sure you would. You have the excuse of not actually being familiar with the Christian "tradition's" Scriptures, so I don't blame you. I do blame the president for continually acting as though he is in a position to lecture Christians who don't agree with him, all the while making it manifestly clear that his grasp of Holy Writ is tenuous at best. It is a sad state of affairs for someone who expects people to believe that he is "rooted in the Christian tradition." In this case, unfortunately for the president, it is quite clear that Jesus does not agree with him at all.

As he said on the campaign trail, "Some folks haven't been reading their Bibles!"

Fear not, Dave, I don't believe the man's a Muslim. As I've said on more than one occasion, I am quite convinced that he has no sincere religious beliefs at all, and that he professes christianity solely because he was aware that it is quite impossible to make it to the White House without at least claiming to be a Christian--at least so far.

Dave said...

MOTW said: You have the excuse of not actually being familiar with the Christian "tradition's" Scriptures, so I don't blame you.

Just because I can’t recite the Bible verbatim doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the general gist of Christian Scriptures. I grew up in the Episcopalian Church and was a very active member of said church for quite a long time. My issue is that I don’t for a second buy that the Bible is the actual word of God. Was it divinely inspired? Probably but it was still written by humans and the final version was voted on by people, with entire chunks being removed and then getting retranslated countless times over the years, so there is no conceivable way that it is flawless, factual, or the actual word of the Almighty.