Canadian theologian John Stackhouse on public prayer: says “keep our public life . . . empty of all religious rituals”

Note to evangelicals: not every event calls for prayer

Evangelical Christians of all people shouldn’t agree to pray at public events such as 9/11 services.  Prayer is too great to be sprinkled on a secular occasion.  That’s why I’m against formal prayers also in North American legislatures, city councils, school boards, and the like.  These institutions, from start to finish, have no intention of conducting their business “under God,” with constant reference to the Bible and Christian tradition, seeking the Kingdom of Heaven in all they do.  So it dishonours God to drag God in for a token celebrity appearance at ceremonies for institutions that otherwise ignore God all the rest of the time.

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