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Religion is to blame for its own defeats

In the gospel assigned to be read this Sunday in church, we hear the story of a group of people who approach the disciple Philip and say, "We would like to see Jesus." "We would like to see Jesus." I think this ties directly into the "negativity fast" theme we've been advocating this Lent. Because I think the author Dan Kimbal is right when he says, in the title of his book, They Like Jesus, but Not the Church . People now days -- you and I, and society in general -- like Jesus and are hungrier than ever for Jesus: his compassionate attitude, his expansive nature, his Joy. And at the same time, they -- we -- are as fed up as ever with "the church" in the negative sense of the word: its judgmental attitude, its inflexible doctrinaire nature, its dour humorlessness. See what Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel writes about religion: "It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of re