Monday, April 3, 2017

Reflection for the Week - April 3

Liberalism, that is in this case, anthropology divorced from theology, contributed to killing the church in Europe. Massive cathedrals are now vacant, unless there’s a concert. As far as I can tell there may be another causal culprit contributing to a similar demise in other parts of the world where there seems to be a toxic fundamentalism that is streaming poison into the “dying” church. Many of you will be familiar with the outline of the story. Fundamentalism claims things like, “you’re either for us or against us,” or “we’ve got the truth and you don’t” or “God blesses us not you,” or “we believe in the Bible, not science, and this proves we’re right and you’re wrong.” Be assured such slogans are having a negative impact and the “dying” church will continue to suffer as it faces a severe ‘credibility crisis,’ which is driving people away in droves. If stuff doesn’t change the ‘house’ will be left empty. I’m convinced, however, that post-death something new and living will emerge. Check out other Reflections in: