Washington Post – On Faith: Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane: The Supernatural and Tradition

NICE SUMMARY POINT OF VIEW: The Rt Rev John Bryson Chane, the Episcopal Bishop of Washington D.C. writes:

All religions contain in some form or another beliefs in the supernatural. Christians for instance believe in the real presence of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s own first gift to the Church. Muslims have a strong eschatalogical belief in the return of the Mahdi, and Jews generally believe in some broad understanding of resurrection theology, a belief embraced by Jesus.

The rub in the posed question is, “Are broad beliefs in astrology, ghosts and telepathy the same as traditional beliefs of established religions in experiencing the real presence of the God head?”

I believe that such is not the case when talking about the secular interpretive presence of astrology, ghosts and telepathy. Such belief defines a weak theological understanding of one’s own faith tradition and emphasizes the secular culture creep into orthodox theological belief.

Culture, limited understanding of one’s own religion and attending scriptural illiteracy based on the failed merging of the sciences, psychology and religion have plagued early understanding of such issues as conception, the research of Galileo, and the way in which infectious disease are communicated, and the negative impact of misogyny and racism. These are but a few limited examples of our understanding of how science, human development and an uninformed belief in a seven-day creation theology along with the ongoing revelation of the nature of the universe have contributed to the limited, uninformed study of theology and its impact on the human condition.

Source: John Bryson Chane: The Supernatural and Tradition – On Faith at washingtonpost.com

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