I’ve no time to properly blog about this wonderful post of Derek’s in which he discusses the critique leveled by Martin Thornton on the newish trends in theology post WWII and their general lack of explanation about how one actually goes about achieving the enlightened states they describe as the proper way to live our Christian lives.
But I so resonate with this point that Derek makes that I wanted to point toward it with the hopes that you’ll follow the link below and read his whole essay.
“As I look around at the beginning of our brave new century, I see that the direction of the New Theologians has only accelerated. So many of the laity and laity-who-become-clergy seem to have seized on the popularizing works of Borg, Crossan, Pagels et al. as the only alternative to fundamentalism or a rote unquestioning orthodoxy. And these folks take the existentialism and iconoclasm of the New Theologians and push them to new extremes.
I think Thornton’s point is still true: many of the icons they think they’re breaking are not icons at all but golden calves against which orthodoxy has always warned; many of the psycho-religious states these books advocate are again not contrary to classical orthodox teaching—but in rejecting traditional expressions of faith, they have jettisoned the tools through which we attain them.”
Read the full article here.