Sunday, October 26, 2008

The future of faith

This is John Updike, writing at the time of the millennium:

As the year 2000 draws close, faith in America hangs on. The Christian right, with abortion and school prayer as its flagship issues, remains a vocal and intimidating political force, capable of getting evolution labelled a mere theory in Kansas, though not yet capable of legislating all the morality it thinks the nation needs. Our President, a proclaimed sorry sinner, speaks the language of the Bible Belt with a native accent.

We're in interesting times. Sarah Palin may, in time, come to be seen as the moment when the religious right flexed its muscles one last time and found nothing happened. Or maybe not. It's too early to say for sure. Nonetheless, it feels like there is a change in the air.

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