Friday, June 4, 2010
Squeezing Out the Subversive Dimension
So, how do we get so many Christians and Catholics who present a picture of dull conformity to what is socially acceptable? (That conformity can take a "conservative" guise among the self-described "orthodox" wing and also a "liberal" guise among the self-described "progressive" wing. But really what is so "orthodox" about people hostile to any vigorous, unseemly manifestations of the Holy Spirit and to issues of social justice? What really is so "progressive" about people who simply ratify or excuse the modern values of our consumerist, materialistic, narcissistic, and sexually chaotic culture?) The subversive dimension is essential to Christianity. To squeeze it out is to falsify it. The solution is not to read this or any other blogger's musings, but to go back to the Gospels and read them as if for the very first time and to find the real orthodoxy that is eternally progressive because always challenging to the shibboleths of the times and to our bourgeois mentality, whether "orthodox" or "progressive."