church immersion

The other day I had a conversation with a woman who, though she may not have used these words, was challenging the notion of the church efforts to be fully present in a pomo/post-critical context.

It doesn’t matter whether we agree with post-critical thinking or not. Our culture is already there or moving there rapidly. It seems the Kingdom of God needs Christ-followers willing to immerse themselves in the language of post-criticism not for the purpose of converting people back to critical thinking. But to allow for the freedom for Christ to be formed in the fully post-critical.

I have to say that during the last couple of weeks I have been amazed to hear how often the words “I agree” and “I disagree” have appeared in some of the pomo blogs and websites that are out there. Could our need to agree be a sign (semiotics) that we are not likely going to be the people who can make this transition. I’m not sure but I don’t think we need to agree with each other to love each other, agreement is not even the point.

We need a new way to think, an embodied way that can hold the tension of disagreement in the bonds of love. It may be wise to practice saying things like: “Where I’m at right now . . . ” “As best as I understand it . . . ” “Help me understand . . . .”  It seems that we might be helped if we spend some time deconstructing our personal theologies.

Peace, dwight

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