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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Straws in the Wind  

Victor Davis Hanson in "Our Weird Way of War":
Such is the self-induced burden for all those who would be gods rather than mere mortals.
Lucas Sayre's (typo corrected) 25 Theses on the Modern State of Christian Faith (hat tip to Winds of Change):
Secularism is the largest threat ever to Christianity.
Ever? I always believed the gravest threats to Christianity were the early heresies - especially Arianism - because they were internal; because they were about fundamental issues – the nature of Christ, the structure of the church, the validity of the sacraments; because they came at the beginning, before the course was set. Even more than the later threat of an aggressive, expansionist rival in Islam. (Which, if the Nestorian influences detected by textual criticism of the Koran are true, may be more heresy than anyone is currently willing to admit.) But now I'm beginning to wonder.

Humanism, for all its claims to be an evolutionary outgrowth, really is an internal development; it only grows in soil where Christianity is decaying.

Certainly the denial of original sin, of human evil as other than a blameless consequence of external social or familial factors, is foundational. So is the expectation of utopian salvation in this perfectible world, rather than in the next – or after this one has been utterly, apocalyptically transformed. Likewise the universalism that subsumes God's holiness into divine mercy as irresistible unmerited (and often unsought) perfect forgiveness.

And, just maybe, globalization has finally created the possibility for the unified rebirth of the Universal Abrahamic Church rather than the slow death of Christendom. Radical Islam may be reacting from a clearer vision than we have.

The heresies of the early church tended to be named after the bishops who promoted them. How will the heresies of humanism be known – if they are, at all?

posted by Kelly | 4:20 PM link