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Chapman 2 cross road

  1. 1. Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World
  2. 2. Can there be peace amongpassionately faithful people?
  3. 3. humoranti-humor
  4. 4. Why did the chicken cross the road?Albert Einstein: Did the chicken really cross the road, ordid the road move beneath the chicken?Sir Isaac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest.Chickens in motion tend to cross the road.A nun: It was a habit.Hamlet: That is not the question.John Donne: It crosseth for thee.Colonel Sanders: Did I miss one?
  5. 5. Why did the dinosaur cross the road? (2 answers) What is the chicken’s deepest dream? Why did the Texas chicken cross the road?Why did the chicken go to the seance?
  6. 6. Can you imagine Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed walking together ...If they could cross the road together, might it be possible for us to follow them?
  7. 7. Starting Point:
  8. 8. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:
  9. 9. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:1. how to have a strong Christian identity that is hostile toward people of other religions.
  10. 10. We have the only way. STRONG-You are going to hell. HOSTILEWe are God’s chosen.You worship false gods.resistance is futile.you will be assimilated - or
  11. 11. We already know how to do 2 things quite well:1. how to have a strong Christian identity that is hostile toward people of other religions.2. how to have a weak Christian identity that is tolerant (benign) toward people of other religions.
  12. 12. it doesn’t matter what you believe.all religions are the same.all roads lead to god.only sincerity matters.doctrines divide. weak-benignkeep religion private.
  13. 13. We haven’t yet learned ...to have a strong Christian identity that is benevolent toward other religions.
  14. 14. Because I Follow Jesus, I love you.I move toward “the other.”I break down walls of hostility.i stand with you in solidarity.you are made in God’s image. strong-i am your servant. benevolentI practice human-kindness.
  15. 15. A Popular Misconception:Our religious differences keep us apart.
  16. 16. Actuality:It is not our religious differences that keep us apart, but rather one thing we all hold in common:
  17. 17. Actuality:We build strong religious identities through hostility toward the other.
  18. 18. Give people a common enemy, and you willgive them a common identity. Deprive themof an enemy and you will deprive them ofthe crutch by which they know who they are. - James Alison
  19. 19. Hostility has had survivalvalue ... but it may now threaten our survival.
  20. 20. "Historically, the amity, or goodwill, within thegroup has often depended on enmity, or hatred,between groups. But when you get to the globallevel, that wont work... That cannot be thedynamic that holds the planet together... Butwhat would be unprecedented is to have thiskind of solidarity and moral cohesion at a globallevel that did not depend on the hatred of othergroups of people." (Robert Wright, Nonzero: The Logic Of Human Destiny, quoted in Evolutionaries: Unlocking The Spiritual And Cultural Potential In Sciences Greatest Idea, by Carter Phipps)
  21. 21. Can Christians today build a new kind of identity ... based on hospitality and solidarity, not hostility, to the other? strong- benevolent
  22. 22. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  23. 23. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  24. 24. 1495 2nd Voyage Return Cargo: 1600 male and female Taino slaves for Spain “It is possible, with the name of theHoly Trinity, to sell all the slaves whichit is possible to sell … Here there areso many of these slaves … althoughthey are living things they are as goodas gold.”
  25. 25. The Spaniards who remained in Hispaniola wereencouraged to take Taino slaves “in the amountdesired.” Columbus himself gave a teenage girl toone of his crew, Miguel Cuneo, for his personal“use.” Cuneo wrote that she “resisted with all herstrength” when he attempted to have sex with her,so he “thrashed her mercilessly and raped her.”Being given a Taino woman to rape was, in fact, apopular “company perk” for Columbus’s men.Columbus himself wrote to a friend, “There areplenty of dealers who go about looking for girls;those from nine to ten [years old] are now indemand.”
  26. 26. - An eyewitness in the early 1500’s As a result of the sufferings and hard labor theyendured, the Indians choose and have chosensuicide. Occasionally a hundred have committedmass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, haveshunned conception and childbirth…. Many, whenpregnant, have taken something to abort and haveaborted. Others after delivery have killed theirchildren with their own hands, so as not to leavethem in such oppressive slavery.
  27. 27. Of the estimated 300,000 Taino alive whenColumbus “discovered” them in 1492, about 12,000remained in 1516, fewer than 200 in 1546, and zero in1555. What our history calls “the discovery of America,”Taino history might call “the arrival of the Christiangenociders,” if, that is, any Taino survived to tell analternate history. None did.
  28. 28. The 16th-Century conquests of the ConquistadorsThe 4th-Century conquests of Constantine
  29. 29. From Eusebius’ “Ecclesiastical History”:“[Constantine] said that about noon,when the day was already beginningto decline, he saw with his own eyesthe trophy of a cross of light in theheavens, above the sun, and bearingthe inscription, CONQUER BY THIS.
  30. 30. “In hoc signo vinces”IN THIS SIGN CONQUER?CONVERT BY THE SWORD?DOMINATE?COLONIZE?ASSIMILATE?INVADE AND OCCUPY?KILL?TERRORIZE? 43
  31. 31. Serve like this ...Love like this ...Reconcile like this ...Transcend violence like this ...
  32. 32. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  33. 33. Must doctrinal differences always divide us?
  34. 34. From Follow the Sacredness, by Jonathan Haidthttp://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/forget-the-money-follow-the-sacredness/Despite what you might have learned inEconomics 101, people aren’t alwaysselfish. In politics, they’re more oftengroupish. When people feel that a groupthey value — be it racial, religious, regionalor ideological — is under attack, they rallyto its defense, even at some cost tothemselves. We evolved to be tribal, andpolitics is a competition among coalitionsof tribes.
  35. 35. ... The key to understanding tribal behavior isnot money, it’s sacredness. The great trick thathumans developed at some point in the last fewhundred thousand years is the ability to circlearound a tree, rock, ancestor, flag, book or god,and then treat that thing as sacred. People whoworship the same idol can trust one another,work as a team and prevail over less cohesivegroups. So if you want to understand politics,and especially our divisive culture wars, youmust follow the sacredness.
  36. 36. “Sacred groupishness” often makes a“centering idol” out of a list of doctrines. Doctrines provide a loyalty test ...helping us test others for membership in our safe group. Doctrine is not simply about “truth” - it’s about loyalty, safety, security, and groupishness.
  37. 37. But doctrine can have another meaning ... another purpose: Doctrine can mean “a healing teaching.”
  38. 38. What might happen if we took a second look at our core doctrines - not as centering idols, but as healing teachings?
  39. 39. healing teachingsintended to bind together what has been torn and broken (re-ligion)?
  40. 40. The Healing Teaching of Creation
  41. 41. The Healing Teaching of Original Sin
  42. 42. The Healing Teaching of Election (or chosen-ness)
  43. 43. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  44. 44. All things bright and beautiful,All creatures great and small,All things wise and wonderful:The Lord God made them all. - Ms. Cecil Alexander (1848)
  45. 45. Each little flower that opens,/ Each little bird that sings,/He made their glowing colors./ He made their tiny wings.The purple headed mountains,/ The river running by,/ Thesunset and the morning/ That brightens up the sky.The cold wind in the winter,/ The pleasant summer sun,/The ripe fruits in the garden,/ He made them every one.The tall trees in the greenwood,/The meadows where weplay,/ The rushes by the water,/ To gather every day.He gave us eyes to see them,/ And lips that we might tell/How great is God Almighty,/ Who has made all thingswell.All things bright and beautiful,/ All creatures great andsmall,/ All things wise and wonderful:/ The Lord Godmade them all.
  46. 46. The rich man in his castle,The poor man at his gate,He made them, high or lowly,And ordered their estate. All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all.
  47. 47. France, 1847Placide Clappeau, a French wine merchant, mayor of the French town Roquemaure, writes a poem.Adolphe Adam sets it to music.Later the song is translated into English by John S. Dwight –It is said to have been the first music ever broadcast over radio.
  48. 48. O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!Long lay the world in sin and error pining,Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!O night divine, O night when Christ was born!O night, O holy night, O night divine!
  49. 49. Truly He taught us to love one another;His law is love and His Gospel is peace.Chains shall He break for the slave is our brotherAnd in His Name all oppression shall cease.Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,Let all within us praise His holy Name!Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim! 1847
  50. 50. The Rituals We Practice
  51. 51. Baptism: A ritual of cleansing
  52. 52. Clean - uncleanAcceptance - revulsion Us - them Clean, still water Certified Gatekeepers
  53. 53. Meanwhile in the wilderness:The Essenes - Hyper-clearn -Hyper-puritan - Isolated communes - Multiple daily baptisms
  54. 54. What would it mean for John ...- to leave his father’s priestly work - to leave the Temple - to leave Jerusalem - to avoid the Essenes - and to baptize ...
  55. 55. in the Jordan River? - in public - in running water - in an “undeveloped” setting- with a message, not of cleanliness, but ...
  56. 56. rethinking, reformulation, repentance?
  57. 57. What does it mean forJesus to accept John’s baptism?
  58. 58. What would it mean for theSpirit in the form of a dove to descend upon Jesus?
  59. 59. And what would it mean for Jesus’ disciples toexpand John’s “guerrilla theatre” around the world?
  60. 60. Baptism - not into anew “hyper-clean”religion - but intoChrist, a newhumanity, a newkingdom, a new wayof life?
  61. 61. Peter, Acts 10:“God has shown me I should never call anyone impure or unclean.” “I now realize ... God does not show favoritism.”
  62. 62. From Catherine Maresca (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) -Finally, [Maria] Cavalletti emphasizes the importance of being specific.You can’t teach children language without teaching children a language.She writes, “Wishing to stay on a vague level without any specificcontent is the same as wanting a child to talk without using anyparticular language.”9 Some parents say they don’t want their childrento learn a particular religion because they want them to be free tochoose their own. But these children are missing the opportunity tobecome spiritually literate.To be initiated into the signs of their religious tradition creates thepossibility of grasping the signs of many traditions, and of respectingthe integrity of each of those traditions. So we need to be religious in aparticular way, true to the faith we affirm for ourselves, in order tofoster the spiritual and religious literacy of our children.... this is aservice to our children. We have to be specific.
  63. 63. While we don’t reject other traditions, a particularreligion has to be our starting point. To say, “I’mspiritual but not religious” is like saying, “I’m linguisticbut don’t speak any particular language.” Everyone hasinnate linguistic capacity that gets activated as onelearns a particular language or languages. Likewise,everyone has spiritual capacity that gets activated andmobilized through becoming religious in a particularway. Becoming religious in a particular way isfoundational for relating to the religious other.
  64. 64. Children who have learned their native language well are poisedto learn new languages with greater ease. Children who learnedthe language of their religious tradition are likewise poised tograsp the sacred signs of another tradition. As we nurture thespiritual life of young children with sacred signs, wesimultaneously build the foundation of respect and understandingfor others’ beliefs. With spiritual literacy, faith and interfaithformation work hand in hand, promoting in turn a more peacefulworld. Children, Signs, and Spiritual Literacy: An Interfaith Experience By Catherine Maresca
  65. 65. Four Challenges 1. Historical 2. Doctrinal 3. Liturgical 4. Missional
  66. 66. Gods of the oppressors2 Gods of the oppressed
  67. 67. Mission asproselytism, pacification, assimilation
  68. 68. Indonesian tea, rubber, and peanuts
  69. 69. Mission as proselytism, pacification, assimilationMission as charity,compassion,responsibility
  70. 70. From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about howto live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians haveonly demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrongwith the cosmology and worldview behind more than fivecenturies of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slowdown. Christians have so much negative history and dogmato overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe thereligion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throesof an ecological crisis based in Western economies ofhyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500years of Christian domination.- Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
  71. 71. From this vantage point, Christianity has nothing –absolutely nothing – to teach Indigenous people about howto live in a good way on this land. In fact, Christians haveonly demonstrated that there is something profoundly wrongwith the cosmology and worldview behind more than fivecenturies of carnage—carnage that has yet to even slowdown. Christians have so much negative history and dogmato overcome within their own tradition, I do not believe thereligion is even salvageable. The world is deep in the throesof an ecological crisis based in Western economies ofhyper-exploitation. The planet will not survive another 500years of Christian domination.- Waziyatawin, PhD, 2012
  72. 72. words from vincentdonovan
  73. 73. “‘…do not try to call them back to wherethey were, and do not try to call them towhere you are, as beautiful as that placemight seem to you. You must have thecourage to go with them to a place thatneither you nor they have ever beenbefore.’ Good missionary advice, and abeautiful description of the unpredictableprocess of evangelization, a processleading to that new place where none of ushas ever been before.” - Vincent Donovan
  74. 74. clean energy mission 90
  75. 75. Embodiment of Christ
  76. 76. Solidarity with the Victim & Vulnerable
  77. 77. Witness ... Withness - Mission of Presence“Transgressive” friendship
  78. 78. The mission of presence
  79. 79. the mission of example ...modeling another way of life
  80. 80. the mission of vocation:sending people out to do their daily work with uncommon love ...
  81. 81. the mission of the new evangelism: Proclaiming Jesus’ good news of the kingdom, reign, commonwealth, or dream of GodCalling people to rethink everything and learn/follow a new path
  82. 82. Gods of domination, conquest, and empire ....2 Gods of resistance, differentiation, and freedom ....
  83. 83. violent gods of the oppressors violent gods of the oppressed 3rdoption a nonviolent God of reconciliation 99
  84. 84. AAre
  85. 85. you
  86. 86. ready
  87. 87. to
  88. 88. cross
  89. 89. the
  90. 90. road?
  91. 91. www.brianmclaren.net

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