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Is a Neurotic Form of Christianity Destroying America?

Posted by on Aug. 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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Neurotic Form of Christianity

“The deconstruction of Christianity is not an attack on the church but a critique of the idols to which it is vulnerable – the literalism and authoritarianism, the sexism and racism, the militarism, and the love of unrestrained capitalism with which the church in its various forms has today and for too long been entangled, any one of which is toxic to the kingdom of God.”

“Strategically, diplomatically, socially, politically, morally, economically, evangelically, in every possible way we are witness today to a low point in American leadership, an ethical, social, political and biblical catastrophe.”

These passages from the book, What Would Jesus Deconstruct: The Good News of Postmodernism for the Church (The Church and Postmodern Culture) by John Caputo, taken out of context, might suggest that religion is the singular cause for the continuing trajectory of a deepening dysfunction in our society. But a twisted popular form of Christianity catalyzes two other more powerful ingredients; predatory capitalism and a government that serves the interests of big money.

These three powerful components work together to drag us down the slope to more and more dysfunction in the name of a more moral society – a moral society based on a set of values that are so misapplied as to become destructive.

In other words, these three components create a moral society that destroys its own villages in order to save them.

For instance, while we hammer home the lessons of radical individualism in the guise of moral virtue, we reduce the resources or opportunities required to become self sustaining for great portions of our citizenry.

Just to be sure no one mistakes our moral lesson of self-sufficiency, we raise the interest rates on student loans, and the vital college education needed for success in the future becomes less accessible to the masses.

To be sure our moral lessons continue,  we keep our taxes low and maintain our spending on defense against an imagined enemy and our educational system is gutted to balance the budget.

We are cursed with near sightedness. We can’t seem to see the long term effects on the country when a low skilled, minimally educated workforce must shoulder the tax load of the future or compete with highly educated citizens of other nations.

We have an amazing ability to blame the victims in our troubled society and justify our accusations on a revisionist Christian morality which would be unrecognizable to the Christ himself. Not so much because Christianity was St. Paul’s invention, but because of the absurdity of present day revisionist interpretations.

This modern form of Christianity has become an expedient for the infiltration of a radical form of capitalism intermingled with our public institutions. The very same institutions that were formed to protect the interests of the citizenry, who are now doing the bidding of the mega wealthy, while pointing to the moral failure of the masses they were intended to serve.

Yes, Mr. Caputo, we have many idols. And although I’m encouraged by your efforts to  deconstruct Christianity, I doubt our ability or willingness to take the same actions with capitalism and governance.

It would never get through the Republican led House of Representatives. That’s the one with all the good Christian Tea Party moralists.

Rather, they are satisfied to keep Americans dancing around the golden calf, with the improbable hope that eventually some of capitalism’s largesse will trickle down into their laps.

We are minimum wage, millionaires-in-waiting, fully immersed in this form of idolatry, trusting our day will come.

If there is an unpardonable sin, it’s using religion to separate and discriminate rather than to connect and make whole.

On America’s behalf, Mea Culpa!

http://thebigslice.org/is-a-neurotic-form-of-christianity-destroying-america/

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-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Aug. 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM
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Some Americans have fashioned a Jesus that fits their beliefs. He is intrepreted to make them feel better about their choices and their deeds and how they think people should act, like, or do. And they seem to be the ones that make sure its their way or the highway.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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 Ugh.  What an awful photo.  Jesus on the power lines.

I agree with all of the political arguments about the corruption today and the artificial job market, but I'm not sure what this has to do with believers in Jesus, or how you or the author are connecting this to real faith.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM

 Unfortunately, this is exactly where we are headed.

We are cursed with near sightedness. We can’t seem to see the long term effects on the country when a low skilled, minimally educated workforce must shoulder the tax load of the future or compete with highly educated citizens of other nations.

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 5:29 PM
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U.S. based religions tend to the individual.

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM

 Wow.  U just described the Islamic zealots and many of the terrorist groups that use their bastardized religous beliefs to kill, rape and destroy.


Quoting -Celestial-:

Some Americans have fashioned a Jesus that fits their beliefs. He is intrepreted to make them feel better about their choices and their deeds and how they think people should act, like, or do. And they seem to be the ones that make sure its their way or the highway.


 

Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM

 This SHIT got started in this country after the EVILGELICAL movements that began in 1905.

John Darby churchians are what will destroy the US.

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

 Sigh....no stupidity and greed will.


Quoting Della529:

 This SHIT got started in this country after the EVILGELICAL movements that began in 1905.

John Darby churchians are what will destroy the US.


 

Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM
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 What's the difference.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

 Sigh....no stupidity and greed will.

 

Quoting Della529:

 This SHIT got started in this country after the EVILGELICAL movements that began in 1905.

John Darby churchians are what will destroy the US.

 

 

 

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 5:51 PM

 Geez....you just proved my point.


Quoting Della529:

 What's the difference.

Quoting pvtjokerus:

 Sigh....no stupidity and greed will.

 

Quoting Della529:

 This SHIT got started in this country after the EVILGELICAL movements that began in 1905.

John Darby churchians are what will destroy the US.

 

 

 


 

Lorik1969
by Bronze Member on Aug. 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM
Christianity is destroying the country? Seriously? How about a corrupt government, greedy politicians, and a lazy, complacent society?
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