Is there anything worse than “liveblogging”? Well, here I go, anyway–from the L.A. Religious Education Congress (that hotbed of liberal loopiness). Just got out of a talk by Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former master of the Dominicans, on the important issue of healing divisions within the church. He covered a lot of ground, but one of the more striking ideas he took up during the Q&A (which was full of really excellent questions and comments) was the problem of language. The issue was raised by a laywoman who asked Radcliffe what he made of the importing of political categories into our religious discourse (left, right, liberal, conservative). Radcliffe answered briefly and eloquently (OPs…): we need a new language, one that doesn’t cut off conversation across divisions. Liberal, conservative, left, right, orthodox, dissident.
With the conversation about Bishop Bruskewitz’ missive over at Amy Welborn’s blog getting a little hot, I thought it particularly appropriate to pose the questions: What do these terms get us? Do they serve a purpose? If not, what should replace them? Comments are open. Go to town.