A rant on Christian modernism and stuff…


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I just posted this on twitter (in 11 parts) as ‘a rant that might cost me followers’:

I think I do know why the America-centric Christian blogosphere seems to irritate me and feels so irrelevant so much of the time. I realised just don’t even care about the fundamentalist/liberal dichotomy as both seem equally irrelevant to me as a Charismatic (as I am probably to them…) and 2 sides of the same old boring utterliky unrealistic ugly modernist coin to me. Even if I’d lose my Christian faith I’d rather follow the closest new-ager or any tribal pagan than fall for naturalist materialism anyway, which is the privilege of ivory-tower Westerners and solipsistic academics. And although I liked the ‘emerging church dialog’, where the ‘emergent’ stuff falls into some kind of liberalism 2.0 it just loses any credibility to me. I can understand liberalism as the godless capitalism it is in Europe, it is honest but evil, and I don’t care for it. Socialism, non-marxist communism, anarchism, even monarchism, whatever… Bring on organic church, neo-anabaptism, Eastern Orthodoxy, indigenous expressions of Christianity, even insights from all kinds of other religions and philosophies where the Creator has sown the seeds of Truth. But please no modern Western liberalism, ‘new atheism’ or modern Christian fundamentalism please, they all seem connected to me and don’t convince me at all. The world is already ugly enough, thank you…

Maybe I worded it too strong, but it’s how I feel…

Any pushback or questions?

peace

Bram

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2 responses to “A rant on Christian modernism and stuff…

  1. i think there are way too many long words needing definition [because so many people see so many of those different terms you used as so many completely - in some cases - different things] for your post to make any kind of coherent sense – you understand what you mean by all the different terms but even one as simple as charismatic sets of so many different understandings for different people and so i would need to understand what you mean by western liberalism or modern christian fundamentalism to begin to understand what you are railing against… so no dig at your post or what you are feeling but feel like you need yo unpack it a little more before you even start offending people…

    • I suppose you’re completely right here. I do even use the word ‘liberal’ in different versions throughout the text here. I will try to make a new post in which I will add some footnotes and stuff…

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