Thursday, August 05, 2010

"Civilized" Christianity

"People desire false teaching because it enables them to absolutize contingent systems to which they have given allegiance. They seek religious leaders who will bless their idolization of the nation, or the state, or the unrestricted pursuit of wealth or power, or the acting out of their hatred and ressentiment through humanitarian policy. The “relevant” theologies of both left and right confer the baptismal sprinkle on their respective portions of the cultural and political spectrum. A sterile religious conservatism idolizes nineteenth-century culture in all its expressions: its hymns, its education, its enemies, its vocabulary, and that is why it sounds like a museum piece. A sterile liberalism idolizes the present, triumphantly brandishing its progressive credentials just as their destructiveness and vacuity are becoming evident even to many who once took them seriously. It only remains for some element in the church to baptize futurism, and thereby put the capstone on its folly. All these illegitimate associations serve to “civilize” Christianity and thereby make it fit for nothing the apostles would have recognized.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 255-256).

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1 comment:

A. B. Caneday said...

It only remains for some element in the church to baptize futurism, and thereby put the capstone on its folly.

I think that Schlossberg's forecast has come true with the Emergent Movement. "Emergent" is all about baptizing futurism.