One of the more intriguing things I’ve heard today, during a meeting with leaders of the North American Baptist Fellowship, came in a presentation about a new leadership initiative (“Leadership Education at Duke University“) associated with the Duke Divinity School. Dean Greg Jones, in describing various aspects of the program, talked about an effort to promote something he called “Traditioned innovation.”
In the course of his presentation, he cited a quote from Jaroslav Pelikan, author of The Vindication of Tradition. Pelikan said:
Tradition is living faith of the dead.
Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.
Now that’s worth some pondering …