We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What emanates now from important Christian leaders, not to speak of such bona fide faithful as the Johnson, Carter, Kennedy, Bush, Blair, Brown and Atlee names adduced in a previous chapter, is something entirely different: it is secular solipsism and utopian eschatology masquerading as enlightened Christianity. It harks back to 2nd century Gnostics and not to the great Christian thinkers of the Renaissance or Enlightenment. It’s the lamb lying down with the lion that’s still a lion. It’s redistributive socialism and minorities-exalting Progressive doctrine that has nothing to do with the recognition of God’s presence on Earth.
The glow of Jesus has come to us distorted by the distance light has to traverse over 2000 years to reach the here and now, bounced along the way off such cracked mirrors, bent copper pans and dented silver chalices that the Gospel writers and Church leaders have been, and all men are. It’s miraculous that unknown outside a little sliver of a remote, benighted province at its inception, and multiplexed with great noise as it has been since, the transmission has reached us at all. Admitting that we don’t know where the noise ends and the transcendent music begins could rebuild a stout foundation for a new Christian spirituality. “There lives more faith in an honest doubt,“ wrote one of the great 10-percenters of the 19th century, Alfred Tennyson, “than in half the creeds.”
I have little against doubt - unless it becomes a faith of its own, which can happen - and think I take Tennyson's point. But comparing the creeds unfavorably is going significantly wrong. The creeds stretch back to the earliest days of the church - you can read an early one in 1Cor 15, which became a basis for later ones. There are evangelical groups that view them with suspicion, for very week reasons, but most Christians recognise that the creeds are the summation of the faith.
Plus he's dead wrong about cats. Dogs, maybe.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
What keeps me out of the Church is its utterly repellent social justice doctrine. If there were more Jesus (or even Yahweh) and no Marx, I'd come home.
This article - by the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, Lord Jonathan Sacks - brings together so many things we talk about on this blog: the morality of personal responsibility, true freedom, God - and the connection between these.
He does this by explaining the different Hebrew words for freedom.
You know I don't post religious stuff here - but read this, please: