Friday, May 24, 2013

Francis' Wager? - Or - Ignore the atheist thing, focus on encounter

I have a new essay up on The Atlantic.

Money quote:
Perhaps the focus on atheism, as breathtaking has this issue has proven to be for the  media and the blogosphere, misses the more powerful concept at the core of Francis' homily: the culture of encounter. In the documents from the Second Vatican Council, as well as much older texts, one finds numerous explicit statements about our shared humanity, universal rights, and the necessity to find common ground. This idea of encounter lays out a pathway for us to locate and recognize those commonalities.
 What do you think?