Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer

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Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), an incredibly prolific writer and truthteller, said those who didn't attend church service didn't commit the sin of making a fool of God. He tried to introduce Christianity into a Christendom that had become nonstop self-righteousness and buffoonery. Now we find ourselves in late-stage capitalism where knowing, magnifying and loving the eternal Creator is profit-endangering - like everything "free" and "shared."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer who watched his country give homage to Hitler while the church knowingly looked away from the concentration camps said one act of obedience (or resistance) was more powerful than a thousand sermons. Social justice is a life and not only an event or a ritual. We can celebrate when counter-measures are adopted that break with the increasing concentration of wealth, power and economic myth-making.

The language of proclamation runs crossways to the language of time (Bonhoeffer).

Wrong forever on the throne and truth forever on the scaffold

And yet that scaffold sways the future.

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Joy to the world! The ego must die for the self to be born!

May we be refractory and speak of the ambivalent and dialectical, yes and no at once to show the refractory God, the active God who parts the sea and upsets the moneychangers' tables!

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


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