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” The definition of heresy proposed by Alister McGrath is a useful one: A Christian heresy is „best seen as a form of Christian belief that, more by accident than design, ultimately ends up subverting, destabilizing or even destroying the core of Christian faith”. But McGrath’s cautionary follow-up is also useful :”Both this proces of destabilization and the identification of its threat may be spread out over an extended period of time…”
Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics – Ross Douthat, Free Press, 2012, 9p
Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics – Ross Douthat, Free Press, 2012, 4,5p
” In this America,the ancient Christian teaching that the Scripture are simultaneously divinely inspired and open to multiple interpretations has become an either/or choise instead. You’re either a rigid fundamentalist who believes that dinosaurs just missed hitching a ride on Noah’s Ark, or a self-consciously progressive believer for whom the Bible is a kind of refrigerator magnet poetry, awaiting rearrangement by more enlightened minds. As a result, the Jesus of the New Testament, whose paradoxical mix of qualities and commandments presents a challenge to every ideology and faction, has been replaced in the hearts and minds of many Americans with a more congenial figure-a „chose your own Jesus” who better fits their own preconceptions about what a savior should and shouldn’t be…”
The biggest threat facing America is not a faltering economy or a spate of books by famed atheists. Rather, the country meets new challenges due to the decline of traditional Christianity, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat suggests in Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press). Douthat has taken his own personal tour of American Christianity: he was baptized Episcopalian, attended evangelical and Pentecostal churches as a child, and converted to Catholicism at age 17. He argues that prosperity preachers, self-esteem gurus, and politics operating as religion contribute to the contemporary decline of America. CT spoke with Douthat about America’s decline from a vigorous faith, modern heretics, and why we need a revival of traditional Christianity.
What do you mean when you say we’re facing the threat of heresy?
I try to use an ecumenical definition, starting with what I see as the theological common ground shared by my own Catholic Church and many Protestant denominations. Then I look at forms of American religion that are influenced by Christianity, but depart in some significant way from this consensus. It’s a C. S. Lewisian, Mere Christianity definition of orthodoxy or heresy. I’m trying to look at the ways the American religion today departs from theological and moral premises that traditional Protestants and Catholics have in common… Read more here
Source : http://www.christianitytoday.com