Sunday, October 06, 2013

"train wreck" or quantum evangelism? Pope's interview with atheist

The pope's second big interview  (see excerpt here, and RNS response here) is intriguing for several reasons.

One, it's with a skeptic.  That should be be considered when reading quotes out of context.  The pope is more pastor than evangelist.  At times, though, it reminds. of Bono's famous C.S. Lewis-esque  interview with   Assayas , in that it is quite aplogetic/persuasive..but in a humble, relational way. One writer complains that the pope's line " Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.”  But the pope didn't say "evangelism," he said " Proselytism'!

The complaints against what has been called  by that same  Protestant a "theological train wreck"  (article here)  of the pope's comments  might be tempered with the "quantum" view of the pope that  John Raines has proffered.

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