Insurrection


Chase Nordengren writes in the National Catholic Reporter a piece about Good Friday, with respect to the impact of Christianity upon the world. “With the transforming trauma of Jesus’s death with the cross,” author Peter Rollins argues in Insurrection, “comes ambiguity and mystery face-to-face as God loses the security of God.” When doubts, for Rollins, are the center of a life of faith. The contemporary church, Rollins argues, robs the crucifixion of its truth by imagining the perfect church as an absolutely secure one, per Nordengren’s piece.

The conflict of the past with the future. Crime and punishment. “Official church history is one of alienation from God through the gradual strengthening of appearance … the progressive removal of God … by a monstrous doctrinal system with an incalculable host of preachers and professors.” At a Seder dinner this week, I learned that Hell was a Christian construct, as the Jewish tradition does not promote a concept of hell.

The impact of Christianity upon the world: “The illusion of masses of Christians, of a Christian nation, of a Christian ‘people,’ is no doubt due to the power that numbers exercise over the imagination. “Official church history,” 19th century philosopher Søren Kierkegaard writes, “is one of alienation from God through the gradual strengthening of appearance … the progressive removal of God … by a monstrous doctrinal system with an incalculable host of preachers and professors.” With fire and brimstone.

The conflict of the past with the future. In the ideology of capital punishment, to somehow take away the future – to take away a life. Show me a nation with a dwindling population rate, with smaller and smaller families, and I will show you a nation that has a harder and harder time playing in groups — and praying together. With so little examination – as the world became more and more urbanized – of the role that fertility played in this story of Jesus and his followers … as they moved into the capital city.

Politics and religion: “”Why is it,” Kierkegaard asks, “that people prefer to be addressed in groups rather than individually? Is it because conscience is one of life’s greatest inconveniences – a knife that cuts too deeply? We prefer to ‘be part of a group,’ and to ‘form a party,’ for if we are part of a group it means goodnight to conscience.”

Crime and punishment. The wars of liberation. For power to rule our own land; or had it been about a place to worship? For Truth.

“Truth,” Kierkegaard writes, “is not a sum of statements, not a definition, not a system of concepts, but a life. Truth is not a property of thought that guarantees validity to thinking. No, truth in its most essential character is the reduplication of truth within yourself, within me, within him.”

Truth was somehow tied to your own fertility. If you used your own fertility –the reduplication of truth within yourself – for a greater purpose, like for the future. Instead of for selfish purposes, in the present. And so the Truth in the foundation of Judaism in the traditions so casually set aside by the evolving generations of Christianity.

Even when it had came to be in popular thought, as you moved closer into the capital city, that fertility was a victimless crime? Truth, even for urban people, in its most essential character is the reduplication of truth within yourself, within me, within Him.”

The illusion of masses of Christians, of a Christian nation, of a ‘Christian people’ was that fertility was a victimless crime? In college, in Omaha, I took a sociology course called “Alienation and Society,” focused upon what happened earlier in history when people in rural America left farms and moved into the city with all of the immigrants from Europe.

Whether on issues like gay marriage or abortion, the masses had a difficutl time getting their arms around the conflict of the present with the future when it came to victimless sins, if not victimless crime. And then the ensuing issues like corporal punishment. Or capital punishment.

If God so made the world, wasn’t the Crucifixion really a victimless crime, except for the individual named Jesus? The illusion of masses of Christians, of a Christian nation, of a Christian ‘people,’ is no doubt due to the power that numbers exercise over the imagination. And that same illusion would come to nations which believed in nothing. The frightening part when the majority believed in nothing was in their illusion, of massive illusion, no doubt due to the power that numbers exercise over the imagination. And how much did this explain the situation of Europe, with regard to their currency issues? When a nation tried to maintain their values through a currency. In Europe, where more and more, it seems there was no THERE there. The missing belief had created a void not only in their currency, but as reflected in the lack of leadership from one nation to the next, including the German pope. As fascism is defined as institutionalized violence: violence in the name of institution and the act of hiding behind an institution. Germany had come into this place of dominance again, without ever really being punished for the deeds of the Third Reich.

Truth and reconciliation, since shame could not be inherited. Crime and punishment. To grow up in a culture of shame – over being chosen. “Guilt” is a poor synonym for the word “shame.” The response to seeing, in the sense a response of choosing, in the ideology of capital punishment, to somehow take away the future — to take away a life. And so the story in another Passover of God, and the impact of God upon the world. Passover and Good Friday were all about power. In first born sons and inherited birth right, somehow tied into the craziness of Abraham on Mount Moriah.

Passover. And so this story in another Passover of God, and the impact of God upon the world. Passover and Good Friday were all about power. If you used your own fertility –the reduplication of truth within yourself – for a greater purpose. When Moses had explained to Pharoah the reason that the Hebrews were leaving Egypt: It had been not so much about a power to rule “our own’ land, not with an ideology of capital punishment, but about a place to worship freely. The ambiguity and mystery were left for the temporal powers who saw an Insurrection, over the existing system. As the future was now, through the theme of divine power meeting temporal power head-on.

As today’s focus was in the absolute power in God’s own fertility, in some kind of relationship. When the craziness of Abraham in relation to his fertility was matched by the craziness of God in relation to His fertility, allowing this Messiah – the one and only, for all time – to be put to death. As God loses the security of God, replaced by the same Passover theme, and the power of prayer.

“At this late date, perhaps only a non-Western eye can see…the horror most Japanese feel at seeing a corpse displayed as a religious icon….The Crucifixion, the primal scene of Western religion and Western art, has lost much of its power to shock,” write Jack Miles in his book Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God.

And so the story of God, if you used Your Own fertility –the reduplication of truth within Yourself – for a greater purpose, like for the future, wasn’t the Crucifixion really a victimless crime, except for the individual named Jesus? As face-to-face contact with God is lost, the impact of human prayer, the impact of God upon the world, even with the progressive removal of God from this earth, was still left for humans — forced to imagine differently, with a certain desperation on the edge of loss, on the edge of faith, on the edge of death — to discover.

For Truth rediscovered, for future generation’ for the power to freely worship, in liberation movements. As God loses the security of God, in the story of God’s power in His Own fertility – replaced by the same Passover theme, and the power of prayer.

Power. Fertility. Over and over stories of first born sons and prophets. The power of high priests, if you used your own fertility –the reduplication of truth within yourself – for a greater purpose like a reduplication of truth within Yourself for a greater purpose, like for the future. When the future was now, and so many sons made modifications in the existing system.

Truth is not a property of thought that guarantees validity to thinking, in either politics or religion. Just as in Louis Begley’s Mistler’s Exit, the suffering of the son is the suffering of the father. A symphony has climaxed but there is unfinished business in all of this fertility. The power of God remains. The power of God is in His fertility, in life and in death. When you were born into something, so often the power of God remains to be seen. In the story of God’s Own fertility, the impact of God upon the world remains to be seen. Often in a discovery of the next generation, in the fertility of a new Spring. From Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God comes the shocking power of prayer, in the aftermath of the power of The Crucifixion. When the origin of the word Lent, in Old Middle English, meant Spring.

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http://ncronline.org/blogs/young-voices/look-kierkegaard-and-his-infinite-passion-inwardness

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Though part of North America, politically and culturally associated with Europe, in southern Greenland, most of the impact of climate change can be seen as things are just growing quicker; thawing of ice sheets has seen a boost in mining and oil exploration as well as an interest in agriculture. Summers are warmer, with less rain. The ice sheet is especially vulnerable to climate change near Ammassalik. In the 10th century Erik the Red arrived in the southern fjords, labelling ice-covered island “Greenland” to entice others to settle. The climate was warmer then, above and beyond an early instance of hype to lure unwary customers. The old stories about an earlier warmth allowed Viking settlements to grow crops for five centuries. Before evidence of another change. Religion in Greenland mysteriously was dying out. http://www.ibenedictines.org

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3 comments so far

  1. baseball91 on

    Passover. Esteem. Worthy. Of being here. Of life. Chosen people, for the next generation. Kirkegard. Truth and life. The re-awakening. What happened at the Seder. To the twelve Jews. Taking the wine. Freedom. Consciousness. Re-awakening the feeling of all men. And the women? The bitter herbs. Who prepared the unleaven bread and the lamb? The inheritance of the firstborns. The kings, like David. The succession. As one relationship dies, and a new one is formed. Risen. Bread. New life. Resurrection, as the suffering of the son is the suffering of the father.

    Grieving, to try and understand the rest of your life. As face-to-face contact is lost, the impact of human prayer, the impact of God upon the world, even with the progressive removal of God from this earth, was still left to discover. For Truth, for future generation, for the power to freely worship, in liberation movements.

    In the story of God’s Own fertility, a symphony has climaxed but there is unfinished business in all of this fertility. As God loses the security of God, the power of God is in His fertility, in life and in death. The power of God remains. When you were born into something, when so often the power of God remains to be seen, replaced by the same Passover theme, and the power of prayer.

  2. paperlessworld on

    Truth, write Pope Francis to an Italian newspaper last week, possesses us, not the other way around. And Truth always is expressed according to someone’s “history and culture, the situation in which they live, etc. Truth, is not “variable or subjective.”

    In stories about beginnings and endings, about life and death, somehow Creation starts all over again. With all the emotions in between.

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