Wednesday, September 07, 2005
i am becoming enchanted with the ideas surrounding what it means to develop and live theology in the particularity of one's context. what does it mean to do theology in the west? in north america? in the u.s.? in the urban context of seattle? collin green, an irish professor of mine, made the statment in class that if we are to begin thinking theologically in america, we must first address the myth of the "american dream" because it requires that we see failure as intolerable, pain as something to be avoided. the "american dream" instills in us a pridful attitude of entitlement. as i was driving home from class, i tuned into npr news to hear the president make a comment that served as a perfect illustration of my professor's point. as he was referring to the horrific tragedy along the gulf coast, bush said that he was unwilling to refer to those who are suffering as "refugees" because they are not "refugees," they are "americans." i almost had to pull over to the side of the road... wow! what does it mean to be an american if we can no longer identify with the world in suffering? where is the solidarity to be had with the victims of the tsunami? or with those who exist post-any crisis? why are we unwilling to hold our own brokenness and in doing so step into an embrace with humanity? and ultimatly... how do we begin to develop and live a theology in a nation such as this?
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