In the face of it, this is a curious turn of events. Whatever you want to say about Christianity as a system of thought or a force in history, you’ll have to admit that it has a pretty impressive record as a source of inspiration for artists and writers. But when we use the buzzword ‘Christian’ in contemporary American society, we’re talking about a distinctively modern cultural and demographic phenomenon that has almost no connection to the spiritual and intellectual tradition that fueled Dante and Milton and Leonardo and Bach.
— “Why Are Christian Movies So Awful?” [via Salon]
Something J and I asked ourselves after the latest, awful-est Chronicles of Narnia film. I haven’t seen most of the stuff O’Hehir mentions, but then, I also wouldn’t classify myself as an Evangelical Christian, the subject of his column.
The problem is not vocabulary, though critics will point out words like ‘consubstantial,’” Father Ruff said in an interview. “The problem is syntax and word order. The sentences are too complicated, the pronouns are so far away from their antecedent you can’t even tell what the pronoun refers to.
“For New Mass, Closer to Latin, Critics Voice a Plain Objection” [NYTimes, via my awesome dad]
This is absolutely my issue with the liturgy we use at our Anglican church, too. Blerg.
The God who is three persons in community creates humanity in the image of community.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today’s Church
(enjoying this mightily)
He who strips the clothed is to be called a thief. How should we name him, who is able to dress the naked and doesn’t do it, does he deserve some other name? The bread that you possess belongs to the hungry. The clothes that you store in boxes, belong to the naked. The shoes rotting by you, belong to the bare-foot. The money that you hide belongs to anyone in need. You wrong as many people as you were able to help.
[thinking about this in the new year]
For us the Church is the body of Christ, Christ continued in time, and as such a divine institution. The Protestant considers this idolatry. If the Church is not a divine institution, it will turn into an Elks Club.
For Michaelmas, one blog suggested Little Debbie’s angel food cake. With 2,000 years of Christianity and a globe of diverse culinary schools to draw from, surely we can do better than processed snack foods.