Hello Again World!!! Welcome to “The Critical Cleric” weblog, your home for critical thought and thoughtful criticism of all things Religious and Cultural.
Now I know some may be thinking, “What’s the purpose of religious/cultural criticism”? I’m so glad you asked. This blog is necessary for at least three main reasons as I see it:
A. Us Religious (particularly speaking “Church Folk”) don’t like to be honest about the beautiful mess we call “organized religion”. Instead of being honest about our shortcomings we would rather cover them up in religious rhetoric and then baptize them in religious babble which amounts to—you guessed it…hypocrisy of the worst kind, it’s the kind that has a form of Godliness but ultimately denies the power thereof. Well, there will be none of that here at The Critical Cleric. I plan to tell the truth in love as I see it and let the chips fall where they may. Even if I convict myself in the process.
B. Us thoughtful religious folks have got to come out of the blogosphere closet. This is not a knock on all those blogs already speaking eloquently, eruditely, and efficaciously on the subject of religion and the public square, blogs like The Kitchen Table, Jonathan Walton, Renita Weems, and Mark Crumpler. This is more a knock of the younger generation of bloggers (particularly African American bloggers) who tend to be somewhat craven when it comes to speaking about religion/church and would rather blog about how much jewelry rapper Lil’Wayne has this week and the buffoonery of banality that is Sarah Palin, than they would issues of ultimate concern (i.e. God and the spiritual). Now I know this criticism is broad speaking and thoroughly underdeveloped but I hope you get the point, which is that THE NEW GENERATION OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS HAVE GOT TO FIND THEIR VOICE. I like to think this blog can in a small way help us do that.
C. Us Religious Cultural Critics and those who engage in Contemporary Christian Intellectualism must uphold the prophetic tradition of speaking powerfully the truth that we know and have. I know I just went off into some real churchy/seminarian language but I had to say it like that. I feel strongly about this because I understand that it is this tradition that brought about the abolition of slavery, the end of Jim and Jane Crow, and the 1960’s civil rights legislation. It is this tradition that has expanded the largest amount of democratic possibilities for the greatest amount of people on this earth. And it is this prophetic tradition (presumptuous as it might seem) that I endeavor to uphold on this blog.
Finally, a few concluding remarks. There may be those wondering what the criterion is for criticism. I maintain the criteria of Love, Equality, Truth and Justice for all God’s children. And there may be those who are wondering what gives me the right or authority to be critical? As someone who has been blogging for over three years now on various controversial religious topics I know there is no satisfactory answer to this question, for there will always be those who want to question the validity of the questioner. Nonetheless, I persist in the pursuit of divine justice and cultural fulfillment as one with (8) formal years of academic theological/religious training and more than (10) years of clerical/ministerial service.
Whatever the case, I look forward to our conversations together and possibly our disagreements as well. And for all those who are continuing in conversation with us from souljonz.wordpress.com, let’s keep the Soul Cravings going in our new spot.