Riverside Church

Friday, December 19, 2008

Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton talks about his new position as senior minister of Riverside Church and progressive Christianity.


Brad Braxton

Comments [14]

Edward Helmrich from Larchmont, NY

The Bible is inerrant, to a Catholic, in this sense: it is so inspired by God, that it is correct to say that it's primary author is God. As Mother Angelica says, "We read the Bible to find out how God thinks". However, it is inerrant when it is interpreted within the Catholic Church, under the Magisterium (authorized teaching authority), that God gave the Church.

Dec. 22 2008 09:20 AM
amanda from New York

Dr. Braxton was a bit disingenuous re: the racial make-up of the Riverside Church. We joined the church BECAUSE it was diverse—in every way—racially, socially, and economically. But it has become clear to long- time members that Dr. Braxton is continuing Dr. Forbes' goal towards moving the church toward being a traditional "black" church (altar calls, the move to eliminate the traditional music program, etc) All well and good -- that is his right and he was hired by the present church powers-that-be to do that. The real disappointment is this -- there are already many well-established and better known black churches. There are so FEW truly diverse churches in New York City or anywhere else in this country. In this age of Obama, it seems to me that Dr. Braxton is leading the church backwards, not forwards. He has a tremendous opportunity to lead a new kind of liberal, progressive church into a new age. And he cannot do that unless he can keep all the members of Riverside Church and expand his vision.

Dec. 19 2008 02:27 PM

What sort of inherent ethical, theological and intellectual weakness dictates that morality _must_ come from some sort of religious organization or impulse?

NONSENSE. And insulting.

Dec. 19 2008 11:34 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

Oh I see, lots of comments missing, some pretty insignificant ones, must be a new moderator.

Dec. 19 2008 11:33 AM
The Truth from Atlanta/New York

O, your radar is off sweetie! but you still need to read Deutoronomy in it's entirety.

Dec. 19 2008 11:32 AM
Brandi Drake from Montclair

Rick Warren is civil, thoughtful, and practices what he preaches. As a pastor, I'm more 'liberal' than he is, but I respect him, and I'm tired of all the explosive rhetoric against him.

Dec. 19 2008 11:30 AM
hjs from 11211

i guess today's censor thinks we are not behaving

Dec. 19 2008 11:22 AM
O from Forest Hills

I don't need to be born again b/c I live in the Truth of God and love.

The verse about homosexuality being an abomination is Leviticus 18:22

I am a pastor's daughter, I can spot a born again by the way they talk

take that to the bank and cash it

Dec. 19 2008 11:19 AM
hjs from 11211

bible says seafood is an abomination also

Dec. 19 2008 11:01 AM
Carol Latman from Manhattan

With any due respect to Dr. Braxton who seems to have a very good program, the churches and religion in general has done very little to make the people of this country ethical. As an atheist, I am appalled by the lack of ethics demonstrated on every level in this country. I have more ethics in my little finger than the "good church-going" majority. I question why we have to have Rick Warren's or any other religious "invocation" at the inauguration. This discriminates against me, an atheist, and members of all other religious groups in this country and creates dissention and conflict as religion usually does.

Dec. 19 2008 11:00 AM
John from Brooklyn

Obama has chosen civil rights leader Joseph Lowery to offer the closing prayer.

Dec. 19 2008 10:58 AM
John Lobell from Manhattan

Brad Braxton sounds confused about religion. I can find social progressive ideas well addressed throughout secular institutions. Isn't religion supposed to look after issues of my eternal soul? Hijacking the church for social purposes provides an end run around democracy and abandonds a spiritual mission.

Dec. 19 2008 10:55 AM
Bob Templer from Queens

The choice of Rick Warren is an absolute disgrace. Obama would never have chosen a racist or anti-Semite and yet he is willing to choose a hateful homophobe like Warren. His charity work is no justification for his disguting ignorant position on this and many other issues. It also begs the question that why a state event like an inauguration has any plaform for religion -- that offends me in itself, never mind the inclusion of Warren. I worry that Obama shares the homophobia that is so sadly prevalent among religious African-Americans.

Dec. 19 2008 10:50 AM
DJ from brooklyn

Do I care? Yes. Echoing your guest, I voted for Obama because he vowed to pitch a big tent in Washington and that's what will help bring us all together. That includes my red state church-going mother who took a chance on Obama and was just as integral to his election as her big city blue son.

And enough with the bus throwing cliche!

Dec. 19 2008 10:39 AM

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