One Cheer for Sectarian Strife

“If I have called for a renewal of interdenominational strife (a strange argument, I admit), it is only because I don’t want the ideological certainties of this world to pollute or dilute theological seriousness. Conservative clamors about “religious freedom” have, perversely, only hastened the secularization of intellectual life, by painting “religion” into a corner of anti-intellectualism and victimology. An ideologically rigid defense of “religion” narrows and tarnishes what it tries to defend, and leaves out everything that is powerful and true and sacred about religious experience.”

-George Blaustein,
“Miracles and Mummeries: Antonin Scalia and American Religion”
n+1, no. 25 (Spring 2016).