The degree to which Christianity, in the postmedieval period, first became rationalistic and then socio-activistic – the degree, that is, to which it ceased being a religion of living mystery to become a philosophy, a morality, or a sociology – goes very far in explaining the serious disaffection of very many persons born into the Christian Church in our day.
Erasmo Leiva-Merikakas, A Cordial Reading of God’s Word, Volume I Number 1 of Synaxis.]
This reminds me of the lament “I didn’t leave my [political] party. It left me.” There’s one thing needful, but it’s nowhere to be found.
It reminds me that someone who leaves a church of philosophy, morality or social activism may be doing half of a healthy thing. But this missing half would be to connect to the Christian Church to never ceased expressing living mystery.
Here, in my opinion, is an exemplary way to do a development:
Doug Boone, a pioneering new urban developer in the Charlotte, North Carolina, region, died August 2. Boone injected urbanism in a suburban town and opened up the planning process to the public with his New Neighborhood project in the town of Davidson, north of Charlotte.
Read the rest. It’s very brief. Wouldn’t it be lovely to live in a neighborhood like that? So why do so few developers develop them?
There are sects that won’t baptize babies because they see no irrefutable example of infant baptism in Scripture. There are sects that handle snakes because they do see an obscure reference. There are sects that are all over glossalalia as the gift above all gifts.
But I don’t know of any sect that walks on water, even though Peter did it.
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