Religio-Secular -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
There is a lot of heat surrounding the topic of religious liberty. Some religious folk are complaining that the forces of secularism are impinging on their God-given and Constitutionally-protected religious rights. These include things like opposing gay marriage (marriage equality) and abortion. I the name of religious liberty corporations are fighting to exclude contraception from health plans. But how much of a threat is secularism to religion? Martin Marty responds to an article by R.R. Reno, a Roman Catholic theologian, suggesting that we broaden our horizons. He suggests that the lines between the religious and the secular are more blurred than activists on either side would like us to believe. Marty has suggested that we might better speak of a "religio-secular" context, for there is an intermingling of the two in many interesting ways. He offers this as a way to get beyond the purely political dimensions of the debate. Invite you to read and offer your thoughts.