Sunday, May 17, 2015

Heroic Christianity and Weak Christianity Compared

The heroic and weak are still at work.

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Heroic Christianity has exemplars that stand on the shoulders of invisible and intentionally forgotten giants.  Heroes never call attention to their debts, only to their debtors.

Weak Christianity has exemplars who always point out where they are and how they got there.  The weak only remember their debts and forgive their debtors.

Heroic Christianity is the effort of great accomplishments of will, innovation, and the hero's personal resources.

Weak Christianity is muddled and rejoices in the resources of others, gladly sharing and shared alike.

Heroic Christianity wants you to listen.  It has the answers and you don't, since you are no hero.

Weak Christianity, since it is muddled, listens and speaks alike.

Heroic Christianity says it is new and getting you what has never before appeared on earth.  It can get you new ideas, practices, and liturgies.

Weak Christianity inherits a tradition, institutions, and people.  It can judge what is truly new by its fidelity to these things which have long appeared on earth.  It can get you new ideas, practices, and liturgies.

Heroic Christianity says it is faithful, purely so.  When it is faithless, it is actually faithful in a pure way.

Weak Christianity is muddled, a mixture of faithlessness and faith.

Heroic Christianity is no adventure.  It is unwilling to countenance anything new except as it arises from the will of the hero.

Weak Christianity is an adventure.  It can countenance the new since it knows the old and sees life as a give-and-take and mired in muddle.

Heroic Christianity says it is the only Christianity.  There may be other heroes but they are the same heroes as this one.

Weak Christianity recognizes it is only one of many kinds of Christianity.

Heroic Christianity despises the weak and needs them as foot soldiers (heroic Christianity is very martial).

Weak Christianity pities the strong and needs no army (weak Christianity abhors the martial).

Heroic Christianity fears the ordinary and the everyday.  It can only succeed in crisis, during alien invasions, and during the apocalypse.  It belongs to the end of the world, the final cataclysm.

Weak Christianity embraces the ordinary and the everyday.  It succeeds in crisis and in the quiet rhythms of life.

Heroic Christianity needs disaster; otherwise there is no hero.

Weak Christianity needs life.  Nothing more.


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