Thursday, August 5, 2010

Take Warning

I love the revival of love for the Church as much as the next guy, but I have to say, it's not without some concerns. Unless the new ecclesiocentrism actually fills out our understandings of the word, sacraments, liturgy, polity, and - above all - the doctrine of God, challenging and restructuring the way we understand the Christian life - if that doesn't happen, then we are pouring new wine into old wine skins, and inevitably the skins will burst as so many other fads. My concern here is that so much ideological talk (though we oughtn't call it "theology") about the need for Christians to orient their lives around the authority and structures of "the church" are merely covert attempts to secure power for a manipulative oligarchy, effectively ensuring that, in terms of piety, nothing actually changes and we can carry on with our blissful status quo.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish when you wrote you could write in a way that someone like your mom could understand.

Love you,
Mom

Anonymous said...

Operation Ivy.

Scott Schultz said...

Yessir.