The President of the Southern Baptist Seminary, one Albert Mohler, is in the news. This AP story is why.
And what's the fuss? In an article he wrote last month, Mohler asserts that there is a significant disconnect between Christianity and yoga. In fact, says Mohler, "When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga."
The interesting thing about this Mohler essay is that he comes across as actually inquisitive and curious about yoga (and, I'll presume, other practices from other cultures). Read him to see what I mean. Yet I cannot understand his drawing of a line in the sand between yoga and Christianity.
Or perhaps what I mean is, I do understand it. Because all over again, this is precisely what I have always found so troubling about religions. The way they seek forever to delineate what is and what isn't part of their particular religious "commitments". The way religious leaders seek to put their flock into one strait-jacket or another. The way they all have their particular taboos, whether it is yoga or women menstruating or praying at anything but prescribed times.
I'm no theologian. But to me, it seems the only commitments a religion -- any religion -- asks for is that, one, you are a good human being, and two, you are good to your fellow human beings and others who share life with you on this planet.
And I simply cannot see how practicing yoga in any way interferes with those tenets. Maybe that's why I'm not a theologian.