Who’s Heresy ?
April 21, 2008
This post forms part of the schycroblog “Emerging heresy”
“One of the most deplorable aspects of the postmodern era and its so-called ‘thought’ is the return of the religious dimension in all its different guises: from Christian and other fundamentalisms, through the multitude of New Age spiritualisms, up to the emerging religious sensitivity within deconstructionism itself(so-called ‘post-secular’ thought).”
“– the authentic Christian legacy is much too precious to be left to the fundamentalist freaks.”
“Even those who acknowledge this direct lineage from Christianity to Marxism, however, usually fetishize the early ‘authentic’ followers of Christ against the Church’s ‘institutionalization’ epitomized by the name of Saint Paul: yes to Christ’s “original authentic message; , no to its transformation into the body of teaching that legitimizes the Church as a social institution.”
The above are abstracts taken from opening salvo of “The Fragile Absolute – or, why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for? “ by the outrageous philosopher and writer Slavoj Zizek . This book was first published in ”pre9/11” 2000.
What is Zizek’s point?
Well, he goes on to draw a parallel between the authentic message of Christ and the ‘institutionalization’ by Saint Paul with the early authentic Marx and the resulting Leninism . Ok, this was part of a bold attempt by Zizek to reconcile Marxism and Christianity. It must be tough being an atheist Marxist with a need to preserve some form of Christian orthodoxy !!! Now, Zizek in further writings goes on to explain that he is not alluding to the traditional evangelical style but a radical “in a properly Marxist way” and refers to “the truly subversive, even revolutionary, character of orthodoxy.” However, he has his own motives, in drawing the comparison between Paul and Lenin in describing Paul, after his conversation, as setting about “his true Leninist business, that of organizing the new party called Christian community.” For Zizek, the early church is a parallel to Lenin’s Communist Party: a “strong organization of revolutionaries.”
“Two thousand years ago God started a revolt against the religion He started . So don’t ever put it past God to cause a groundswell movement against churches and Christian institutions that bear His name. If He was willing to turn Judaism upside down, don’t think for a moment our institutions are safe from divine revolt. I am convinced that even now there are multitudes of followers of Jesus Christ who are sick and tired of the church playing games and playing down the call of God. My travels only confirm that the murmurings of revolution are everywhere. I am convinced that there is an uprising in the works and that no one less than God is behind it.” – Erwin McManus
This is a radical statement from a recognised leader in the Emerging Church Movement in the USA. Erwin McManus is the leader of Mosiac in Los Angeles, USA
“We play at Christianity. ….. In this way the Orthodox Church is far more dangerous to Christianity than any heresy or schism.” – Soren Kieregaard
Contributors to the synchroblog
- Aratus – The Gender of the Creator and Face forward
- Cobusvw – Conversing with the heretics
- FakeExpressionsOfTheUnknown Who’s Heresy
- Liquid Light – Coming out a heretic emerges
- Mike Smith – Emerging Heresy
- Nic Paton – The Life Cycle of Heresy and The Blessings of Heresy
- Roger Saner Towards a heretical orthodoxy
- Ryan Peters – Calling the “H” word and dropping the “H” bomb
- Steve Hayes Cult
- Tim Victor – Confessions of a heretic