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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Sunday... The Problem With Pragmatism

Pragmatism is a problem for churches in North America.

Aizlynne of Exposed Agenda noted the pragmatism of the Roman Catholic Church in its dealings with Prime Minister Martin.

Tim Challies of Challies Dot Com has posted about Pragmatism and its deadly influence in Evangelical Protestantism.

But of course, mainline 'Protestantism' (cf. United Church of Canada) is merely baptized Marxism.

If only more churches had both orthodoxy and orthopraxy.

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Orthopraxy, I have found, as used by the Catholics for example, can be used as tools to suppress and repress.

What has become painfully clear is that religion has now become a tool to be used to promote just about anything and everything.

As a wise man once said .. "when you stand for everything - you stand for nothing". And that is where, I think, christianity, as a whole, is heading.

I would certainly agree with your assessment as it applies to Christianity in the Western world.

Although I would generically call myself a Christian, and even an Evangelical, I cringe at being associated with so much of modern, mainstream Evangelical Christian sub-culture.

As you noted, orthopraxy (so-called) can be used as a man-made control mechanism to keep a clerical hierarchy in power.

By contrast, the 'priesthood of all believers' undercuts the control of the clerical monopolies. Properly done, leadership should be helping to lift people up in their understanding, moving toward a mature freedom. That is why the information revolution of the 16th century became a seedbed for democracy.

Hugh Hewitt has a great chapter in his book, comparing the impact of blogs with the invention of Gutenberg's Press (movable type). Back then, the Bible was put into laypeople's hands, and in their own language. Today, news and comment are no longer the domain of MSM popes.


Now if only Christians would actually believe their own Book, and stop trying to build little empires (Church of Rome), or little sub-cultures (kitschy Evangelicalism), maybe Christianity would still be an agent of positive change in the Western world.


Hugh Hewitt's book is:
Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation that's Changing Your World

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