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Evangelicals to Blame

14 Dec

Evangelicals to Blame @ Old Life Theological Society:

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And into the twenty-first…

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10 responses to “Evangelicals to Blame

  1. Prince LaQroix

    December 14, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who feels this way. I am constantly arguing with people about this idea of a “passionate and intimate relationship with Jesus” and they always counter with what’s so bad about emphasizing this? They don’t seem to understand ideas have consequences; this one in particular has some truly insidious ones

     
  2. Will S.

    December 14, 2014 at 1:36 am

    You’re not alone, at all! I left the world of evangelicalism over a decade ago for traditionalist Calvinism, and I haven’t regretted doing so, in the least.

    This blog is mixed amongst its authorship and its audience, trad Catholic and trad Protestant; what we all have in common, in addition to the tenets of the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed, and a Red Pill mindset, are a tendency to reject the excesses of evangelicalism (which are legion), in favour of Christian traditions which do emphasize doctrine, and do practice catechism of young ‘uns, and which do value intellectualism.

     
  3. Eric

    December 14, 2014 at 3:25 am

    I think there a tendency in Christianity generally to lose its sense of balance. People forget that Galilee was a Hellenized Jewish area. Christianity has its philosophical roots in both Judaism and Platonism. Together, they make a good underpinning when balanced by Christ’s clarifications of them; but one predominates you either get legalistic puritanism (the Jewish strain); or the emotional and sensual ‘faith’ (the Platonist strain). Both extremes result from a lack of an educated and dedicated clergy.

     
    • Prince LaQroix

      December 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Very true… and that is the problem. When arguing for a balance, people in my experience tend to think you are advocating a mechanized faith that only seeks to shut all emotion down. The idea that emotions and “feeling in love with Jesus” shouldnt play a huge part in your faith scares some people. I think they’ve invested too much in this extreme and feel like you are trying to take away their relationship. My two cents

       
  4. Will S.

    December 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Good point, Eric; we indeed see the overemphasis of each of those strains in legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other.

     
  5. Will S.

    December 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Yes, the evangelical church has pushed this ‘personal relationship with Jesus’ BS so much, people expect to feel God’s love in an intensely human emotion kind of way, rather than a faith that is more cerebral and doctrinal.

    From the 19th century:

    “And He walks with me,
    and He talks with me,
    and He tells me I am His own…
    And the joy we share,
    as we tarry there,
    no other has ever known.”

    This “Jesus is my boyfriend” rot started early…

     
  6. infowarrior1

    December 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

     
    • Will S.

      December 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Indeed, infowarrior1, that is the earliest origin of such sentiments, certainly.

      But the modern, Protestant incarnation of it came much later.

       
  7. Peter Blood

    December 14, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who feels this way…

    LOL,at your feelings…

     

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