True Religion

from Gordon Graham

A brief account of “true religion” from the teacher who first flagged to me the programmatic potential of this category is available here.

my own two cents

I’m interested in “true religion” as an analytic tool for bringing to view an underappreciated dimension of religious observance. Popular understandings of religion tend to emphasize either its intellectual or emotional aspects. As ineliminable as these facets are, neglecting to attend to a more fundamental feature only threatens to distort our picture and practice of religion. I mean to remind us here of religion’s character first and foremost as a horizon of agency. Without this reference point, we risk falling prey to the twin threats of rationalism and superstition in religion. It’s one of theology’s tasks, as I care to showcase it here, to keep the practice of religion on guard against these distortions.

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