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The Rev. Benjamin Anthony

A Visitor, a Mapmaker and a Banquet

Psalm 23

4th Sunday of Easter - Year B

May 03, 2009

The Rev. Benjamin Anthony (TEC)

For good or for ill--and mostly for ill--religion and theology have become forms of technology. Religion can be construed as a technology in the sense that there are experts who dispense a form of knowledge offered for the consumption of an untrained public audience. This, I think, gets the practice of religion and theology badly, badly wrong. Perhaps in this phenomenon we might find a partial explanation for a growing generation of people who identify as spiritual and not religious. Religion and theology are for the experts; however, spirituality is immediate, personal: universal truths experienced and apprehended without the cost--or value--of particularity or enduring substance.

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