“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” G.K. Chesterton.

 writing at First Things, http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/09/04/william-alexander-percy-and-the-demise-of-southern-christianity/, recalls insights from William Alexander Percy.

Quoting Gene Fant, “Percy notes the all-too-rampant detachment of morality from theology by relating a conversation he had with a pastor. He asked the pastor why so many prominent church members were rogues and scoundrels. The pastor replied, “They have been born again. When they are born again, they are certain of salvation, and when you are certain of salvation you may do what you like. . . . The ethics of Jesus do not interest them when their rebirth guarantees them salvation.” Percy then amplifies this by calling this sort of religion “an emotional experience . . . not related to morals.”

Fant continues and quotes Percy thus:

“I think of what is being offered to our young people in their need by the churches and my heart is filled with anger and sorrow. . . . .  Where lies the virtue in attempting to persuade honest young minds to entertain such outworn rubbish? And what have such tenets to do with religion? How nearly impossible the churches have made it for such minds, earnestly seeking the truth, to join a church or even to remain religious! Not science but the Christian sects are causing the death of religion [emphasis mine]. The pitiful part of it is that it is as true now as it ever was that without faith the people perish, and they are perishing before our eyes. As object of faith Hitler has offered Race, Stalin the State, American Success, which is Mammon.”

Our faith is more than words. Our ideas must be thorough. I find Calvinistic views to be not only devilish, but shallow–not thought through.

 

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