Wishing will make it so

If I’m understanding Halden and Ry correctly, the institutional and confessional division of Christianity is a very serious issue that constitutes an offense against the Gospel. In addition, attempting to come up with a solution to that problem is an offense against the Gospel, because all existing attempts to find a solution start from the premise that the church really is divided.

The answer is to recognize that “in Christ,” our apparent divisions are unreal and that there is no obstacle to immediate unity — and then…. Well, I don’t know what we should do next, because all I can think of is talking to other like-minded people about how we can get past the divisions, but that’s “negotiation” and therefore sinful.

Perhaps the really important thing is to have the correct theological opinions and then not do anything concrete, because part of having the correct theological opinions is believing that human agency is somehow inherently problematic or prideful.

In short, I unsubscribed from Halden’s blog a while back and this post reminds me why.

9 thoughts on “Wishing will make it so

  1. It’s interesting that in the last paragraph they write that this proposal is very risky indeed because it calls us to act as if the divisions that separate us do not actually exist.

    Strangely enough, I don’t understand what exactly someone from a low-church structure is having to sacrifice to bring about the already actualized unity we have in Christ, whereas a whole lot of things will be demanded of Catholics, Orthodox, etc.

    Perhaps the weakest point is the strong division drawn between divine and human agency. For some reason, reliance on human agency suggests a profound refusal of the Gospel. Not sure why these have to be in competition.

  2. Needs some better context. I’m guessing without much looking that [1] he’s a Protestant (most likely from something approaching American Evangelicalism) who [2] hasn’t read much Catholic thought in the area and [3] has absolutely no clue of liberation theology’s move since the 80s towards a redefinition of orthodoxy and heterodoxy. Why must unity always be seen as some ruse for homogenisation?!?

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