Christianity Detached from the Self-Importance of the Self-Important

“I know there was another world before this one, in which Christianity was the unconsidered default state of civilization, but it was dying when I was a child in the 1960s and 1970s, and it’s gone now, and I don’t think I would like it back.  This way, Christianity is no one’s vehicle for ambition.  This way, Christianity has been detached from the self-importance of the self-important…  This way, the extent to which God is greater than us and any of our stuff…  has become helpfully distinct from the inequities of human societies…  This way, the strangeness of Christianity can be visible again…  we can pick out again more clearly the counter-cultural call it makes, admit your lack of cool, and your incompleteness, and your inability ever to be one of the self-possessed creatures in catalogs…  and to find hope instead; a hope that counts upon, is kindly raised upon, the mess you actually are.”

Francis Spufford “Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense.”


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