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July 4, 2014

Whenever Christians try to make their religion hip and relevant to the wider culture,

it reveals instantly a wider culture that wears the pants in the relationship.

Christianity adopts the role of the supplicating special pleader. It is not a masculine Christianity. It reduces religious practice to a source of entertainment or therapy–at most a curiosity to place alongside all the accouterments of a life otherwise untouched by its life-giving, culture-bestowing essence. You might get attendance figures or increased donations, but you’ll never get a transformed culture.
The Search for Religious Relevance

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 4, 2014 12:43 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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This is what mainstream Protestantism has been doing for at least the last half-century or so, with exactly this result. My own faith, Catholicism, has had its own bouts with trying to make itself more popular, with equally disastrous outcomes.

Posted by: waltj [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 5, 2014 12:22 AM

Like long-haired deacons playing guitars for the hymns? Kool Aid and Twinkies for communion?
The way I understand it, sinners come to the Lord; He doesn't go to them.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 5, 2014 1:09 AM

Christianity died when too many Christians forgot that Christ said in the "Turn the other cheek" passage "That ye resist not with evil" according to several translations. He sure never said you should turn the cheek infinitely.

Nor did he say it should be done with a weepy whine. Given his performance with the money changers, I suggest Christ expected us to turn the other cheek with a steely glare while tapping a loaded, cocked .45 into the other palm.

Posted by: Fred Z [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 5, 2014 7:33 AM

Chas, the hippy-dippy deacons and junk-food Eucharist (the latter of which I never saw in a Catholic church, btw), are symptoms, not the disease itself. The bigger problem, as Fred Z alludes to, is taking what Christ and His disciples said, and pretending it means something else. Jesus and all who followed Him in the early days had a tough path, and many of them suffered agonizing torture and horrible deaths for their choice. Jesus never said it would be easy; quite the opposite. It certainly hasn't been for me, and the closest I've come to torture was having to listen to one of 0bama's speeches. But in my view, the Church writ large (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, or whatever) makes a huge mistake when it tries to win popularity by dumbing down the core principles of its faith.

Posted by: waltj [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 5, 2014 12:14 PM


Attended a charming coming-of-age ceremony at a Unitarian church recently. The kids being initiated declared either their indifference to a higher power or outright atheism.

Also, I was the only adult male wearing a dress jacket and slacks and shirt and shoes to match. And I'm an agnostic. Go figure.

Posted by: DonRodrigo [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 8, 2014 8:47 AM

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