aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

A little high and inside

Today's Patented Pastoral Profundity™:
Every once in a while, you gotta throw a bean ball, just to keep the batters honest.

I got a few compliments on my sermon today, though one lady said I lost her. I expected that. I probably lost a lot of people. Usually, I try to keep as many with me as I can, but I was off on a toot about modernism today, and I realized that a lot of people wouldn't be able to keep up with that level of abstraction. Still, it was important to say.

Critiquing modernism is like asking a fish to comment on water. It's the medium in which the fish lives and breathes, and so goes mostly unnoticed. So, even if most folks don't understand how modernism has conditioned their thinking process, they need to hear an obviously well-informed and well-educated person dissent from what "everybody knows." Then, if nothing else, they know that it's respectable to ask for evidence instead of merely repeating the mantras they hear from the usual opinion leaders in our society.

Charles Williams said of a particular period in the past, "At least Society believed in Belief; it believed in the Creed, even if it no longer believed the Creed." That's not a bad description of the Church today; meanwhile, I want people to know that I believe the Creed. Period.

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