Seekers or Tourists?:: Or the Difference Between Pilgrimage and Vacation

Sunday, 01 Jul 2001

A theology that starts from the premise that we are sinful and weak rather than basically good and strong is the best position, ironically, to provide a realistic basis for hope.
A good deal has been reported in recent years about the remarkable rise in tourism. Every summer, Europeans experience mixed emotions as both the American and Japanese tourists arrive, cameras hanging from necks like pendants. "See Europe in ten days" is actually taken seriously by us because we don't really intend to get to know the culture-we just want to take pictures and experience the experience. And if the tour group has three hours in San Marco Piazza, shopping for souvenirs will probably consume two-and-a-half of those hours, leaving twenty minutes for a quick survey of ...

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