It seems that the Church in North America is reasonable if it is
anything, and that reasonableness has got us stuck.

“Syncretism” is what scholars call it. The term refers to the unnatural amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. The result is the loss of what made each distinctive (and valuable).

I call it a blight that is foundational to the culture of cowardice that’s become commonplace in the Church today. One way to regain our verve is to take an axe to the roots of the commitment to be reasonable in our faith commitment.

Trouble is, there’s comfort in reasonableness. You can find a degree of security there, too. The moderation it provokes can masquerade as wisdom after you’ve had any number of flameouts when taking bold steps of faith.

-Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at

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