When Doctrine Is Diregarded

The Dish

Douthat continues the debate about Church reform sparked by Damon Linker’s recent column, which included NPR caller Trish’s comment that “Catholics do not care about doctrine”:

There are dangers in reading too much into an NPR caller, obviously, but Linker is putting his finger on a real tension within liberal Christianity today — or, if you prefer, a real fork in the road, with one path leading in the direction that he assumed dissenting Catholics wanted to take (which seeks to alter church teaching precisely because it still believes that teaching really matters), and the other leading toward a kind of Emersonian, therapeutic, basically post-ecclesiastical form of faith, in which “Roman Catholicism” just happens to be the name of the stage on which your purely individual spiritual drama is taking place.

He wrestles with where this discounting of doctrine comes from:

Now some of those would-be reformers would argue…

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