By Jason A. Mahn
How may perhaps one dwell the Christian religion inside of a tradition that idealizes and privileges Christianity whereas additionally relativizing it, rendering it redundant and risk free? Arguing for a reconceptualization of the theology of the move and radical communal practices, this publication brings jointly clusters of critics of Christian acculturation and lodging: (1) Lutherans reminiscent of Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer who carry up radical discipleship opposed to the propensity towards “cheap grace,” and (2) numerous “Anti-Constantinians,” together with neo-monastic groups, who resists the church’s collusion with strength politics, symbolized by means of the conversion of Constantine within the early fourth century.
Drawing on those diversified assets, writer Jason Mahn explores a few pervasive hazards of America’s new Christendom: its lodging to an exploitative economic system that cheapens the which means of grace; its endorsement of political liberalism, during which the church turns into one other exact curiosity team; its justification of warfare and different kinds of “necessary” violence; and its self-defeating lip-service to non secular inclusivity. Mahn provocatively imagines possible choices to standard Christianity—ones wherein the church embodies another politic, the place it commits to cruciform non-violence, appreciates presents via giving them away, and is familiar with its limitations good adequate to profit from these at the different side.
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Becoming a Christian in Christendom: Radical Discipleship and the Way of the Cross in America's "Christian" Culture by Jason A. Mahn