Do you have any insight into President Obama’s spiritual life?Earlier, we discussed an article Wright wrote, a glimpse into this book, on religion and globalization, and we also praised an excerpt within Andrew Sullivan's review of this book.
No, except that he seems to have the self-assurance of someone who believes that God is on his side.
That can be dangerous.
Thinking you’re doing God’s work is fine if you actually are serving humankind. And I think Obama has a better chance of doing that than most. He shifts between the professorial and the preacherly in a way that is reminiscent of the Apostle Paul, although Paul probably attended church more often and worked out less.
Monday, June 1, 2009
NYT Q&A with Robert Wright
The New York Times has a cool question and answer session with Robert Wright, author of the newly published The Evolution of God. In the Q&A he talks about how the naivety of the New Athiests, his materialist understanding of Christianity, his understanding of the Transcendence, and, among other things, his Southern Baptist upbringing. I thought this back-and-forth was worth passing on: