And yet, those critics are wrong when they say that The Book of Daniel does not accurately reflect America's churches. It actually captures very well many of America's churches. At several points, the clergymen and clergywomen in the show refer to the current conflict in the Episcopal church between orthodox believers and progressives like themselves. "We have an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire," exclaims Daniel, defending his son's homosexuality. "It's time we stumble into the 21st century."Duh. Why hasn't this observation been obvious? How could Hollywood get the Church right when the vast majority of churches don't get the Church right? Why should Christians be more upset and vocal about the distortions in Hollywood's picture of the Church than they are about their own church's distortions of Scripture?
Daniel is simply the face of liberal theology. The same kind of worldliness, cultural conformity, sexual permissiveness, and baptized secularism is rampant in mainline Protestantism. And it is creeping into evangelical circles.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Gene Veith makes a great point about The Book of Daniel (NBC's new show on a liberal Episcopal priest) that had not occurred to me. He writes:
Posted by Ben at 1/20/2006