Convicted in Advent! Static Belief or Dynamic…?

From Brian D. McLaren (see his Facebook note)…

The religion that was ostensibly founded by a nonviolent man of peace had now embraced the very violence he prohibited. The religion that grew in response to a man who was tortured and killed by the Roman Empire was now torturing and killing others in league with that empire. Dynamic faith that moves mountains was out; static belief that burns or banishes heretics was in. Catalytic faith as an agent of social transformation was out; codified belief as a tool of social control was in. And that kind of belief has stayed “in” ever since. (12)

From “A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith” (available February 9, 2010)

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