Monday, June 16, 2008

Seeker-sensitive churches
Commonly called pandering and dumbing down. Comes both in liberal and ‘conservative’ versions. (Liberal: God wants gay weddings. Natural law is just something those mean conservatives made up like bourgeois individual rights. The hell with other people’s freedom; let our righteousness flow like a mighty river, alleluia. ‘Conservative’: the cross is a plus sign; God will make you rich like me!) Self-help Pelagianism going back to Dutch not-so-Reformed minister Norman Vincent Peale, a variant of the mainstream American faith, ‘spiritual not religious’, different to the out-and-out secularism of other Western countries. Meaning ‘God’s OK but I’m in charge’. From Marco Vervoorst.

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