Artikelen door Heine Siebrand

Onvrijzinnig vrijzinnig

Een nieuw gebied ingaan en verkennen

Fragment uit de lezing van Heine Siebrand
gehouden op uitnodiging van het Landelijk Bestuur
van de Vrijzinnige Geloofsgemeenschap NPB,
Driebergen op woensdag 17 januari 2007

De volledige versie kunt u bestellen bij de NPB (zie onderaan dit artikel)

From spirituality to religion?

Or, the Dilemmas of a Less Than Perfect Church

In J.K. Rowlings bestseller The Philosophers Stone, Harry Potter finds in an unused classroom the Mirror of Erised. It shows ‘us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts’ reveals professor Dumbledore. This revelation the professor says ‘will bring us neither knowledge or [sic] truth’. It is the modern conception of religious belief, perhaps that’s the reason that Harry Potter is a haunting bestseller, for it can offer us no certainty but what it can offer is some useful information about our lives’ deepest desires. Perhaps this warning can help us not going astray in our subject today. But also I would beg you to listen with some irony in your mind, since religion can only be earnest if it has an enjoyable spin-off.