“It is too easy to love and care in the abstract”
“I’m religious but I don’t believe in institutional Christianity” is often another Docetic way to say, “I want to be spiritual without any of the ambiguities, frustrations, and responsibilities that embody spiritual commitment.”
Institutions are embodiments and substantiations of ideals, aims, and values. Docetism is a special abnegation of any responsibility to incarnate ideals, values, or love.
It is altogether too easy to love and care in the abstract. Concrete situations of diapers, debts, divorce, or listening to and being with someone in depression and despair, is the test of real love.
Docetism is the religious way to escape having love tested in the flesh. All of us are tempted to audit life rather than to participate fully and be tested by it.
– C. FitzSimons Allison, The Cruelty of Heresy, 37-8.
HT: Trevin Wax
In Other News
I just gave the blog a facelift – what do you think?
Jon Acuff on CNN.com: Treating Secular Media like Satan’s Newspaper
Books: Michael Krahn reviews Rob Bell’s Drops Like Stars. The verdict?
Bell’s weakness (which masquerades as strength) is that he says things and presents himself in a way that communicates depth while saying and writing things that aren’t actually that deep. This seems impressive at first but eventually becomes a bit tedious.
Fun: Mike Tompkins covers Fireflies by Owl City. Here’s the video:
In Case You Missed It
Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:
A review of Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshear’s latest, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe
Good marketing doesn’t take itself too seriously (I want to get a swagger wagon)
Some thoughts on tithing, taxes and giving without guilt
An excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon, The Redeemer’s Prayer