Ms. Tippett: You stated someplace in another interview because they don’t always get written down correctly— i’m always a little bit careful about quoting other interviews. But i needed to inquire of you about it outside them— you said that you really don’t think that’s about particularities of guilt or sin, but about a sense of impending chaos, which goes back to that first prophetic text you read because it’s very intriguing — that some of these sexual issues that are so galvanizing and so polarizing in our time in churches and. Will you be stating that men and women have a feeling of impending chaos, as well as some explanation, perhaps because these things are incredibly intimate, this is exactly what they latch onto?
Mr. Brueggemann: That’s precisely what i do believe. I’ve asked myself why, into the church, does the relevant concern of gays and lesbians have actually such adrenaline. I’ve decided for myself that this means nearly all of just what we’re arguing about with gays and lesbians has nothing in connection with gays and lesbians. It is quite that the global globe isn’t the method we thought it absolutely was likely to be. I do believe exactly just just what has happened is we’ve taken each of our anxiety in regards to the world that is old, and we’ve dumped all of it on that problem. We have determined that it is nearly useless to really have the theological argument about gays and lesbians anymore because that’s not just what the argument’s about. Its an amorphous anxiety that we’re in freefall as a society. I believe we sort of are in freefall as a culture, but I don’t think this has such a thing regarding gays and lesbians specially.
Ms. Tippett: Another one of the expressed words that recurs a great deal in your writing which comes additionally from the text — it’s another term we don’t have in our tradition frequently. It’s “mercy. ” We speak about forgiveness, we speak about reconciliation. Mercy, if you ask me, is one thing various, one thing larger. Let me know about that.
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