Craig Uffman writes in a wonderfully done post:
Evidently the Democratic Party wants to show Christians in America that they are “religion-friendly”, too. That, we are told, explains why Democratic Party officials arranged a big pep rally for the religious at their national convention in Denver this week.
As I read of what actually transpired (see below), I am reminded of two historical events that frame the scene quite well.
First, the Tractarians of the Oxford Movement (circa 1833-1845) come to mind. One of the underlying causes of that movement was the great fear that the political liberalism that was becoming dominant in England would result in a takeover of society by secularism; that is, that the political liberalism would lead inevitably to a theological liberalism that would cause the Church of England to depart from the Apostolic Order and Apostolic Faith that it was supposed to safeguard.
Second, an image of Duke Divinity School theologian Stanley Hauerwas comes into view. Hauerwas was compelled, after his initial protests, to offer an “interfaith” prayer at a gathering of Duke University faculty. Surrendering to those in authority, Hauerwas rose to lead the faculty in prayer but still managed to make the point that was the reason for his protest: he stood and offered a prayer to the “God of Ultimate Vagueness.”