Saturday, March 4, 2006

Purpose-Driven Spirituality

Deacon Thomas Baker in Commonweal on Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Life
probably the biggest spiritual seller of this century.

Which is news to what must be the most oblivious magazine readers of this century.
I suspect most Commonweal readers have never seen the book, but more than 25 million Americans have bought it in hardcover.

How can almost one out of ten Americans buy a book on a spiritual topic, yet the editors of Commonweal publish a piece assuming Commonweal readers are unaware of it? They know their readers well.
Before you write it off as just another Wal-Mart bestseller you'll never understand, I should point out that even at my upper-middle-class Catholic parish, many people love this book, and several parishioners even head over to the local Evangelical church to participate in Purpose-Driven discussion groups.

He then critiques purpose-driven spirituality as fine when your life goes according to plan, but not suited for hard times or tragedy. Those Wal-Mart shoppers just don't understand what it can be like to suffer, the way Commonweal subscribers do.

2 Comments:

Blogger TS said...

Nobody says disconnected better than Commonweal. That they assume their readers are unfamiliar with that book reads almost like parody.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

The book has encountered some negative reviews from genuinely orthodox Catholics--

But if Commonweal doesn't like it, they will use a far different rationale, I'm sure.

7:17 PM  

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