Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Religious Institutions Are Ruled By the Morally Bankrupt -- But Should We Be Cheering Religion's Demise?

As we devolve into a commodity culture, in which celebrity, power and money reign, the older, dimming values of another era are being replaced.

It is hard to muster much sympathy over the implosion of the Catholic Church, traditional Protestant denominations or Jewish synagogues. These institutions were passive as the Christian right, which peddles magical thinking and a Jesus-as-warrior philosophy, hijacked the language and iconography of traditional Christianity. They have busied themselves with the boutique activism of the culture wars. They have failed to unequivocally denounce unfettered capitalism, globalization and pre-emptive war.


Anonymous said...

Really insightful article. I believe that this downward spiral began in the late 1980s/early 1900s when the the christian right took over the GOP in a power grab and the GOP cowered. Of course the evangelical christians aren't able to see this co-option so they will disagree. What we are seeing now in the old adage of "give them enough rope and they will hang themselves." Greed and power corrupts.

Scotty at JMU said...

Pretty wild post considering the kind of people who live here. Not exactly smart, open minded people if you know what I mean. I'm so glad that I only have one more year here!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting that the very people who crow the loudest about their faith and righteousness, are the ones who are destroying the very premise of Jesus?