Monday, January 10, 2005

Nicene baby...

...The Nicene religion of the baby and the cross gives us Christianity without the politics. The Posh and Becks nativity scene is the perfect tableau into which to place this Nicene baby, for like the much-lauded celebrity, this Christ is there to be gazed upon and adored - but not to be heard or heeded. In a similar vein, modern evangelical choruses offer wave upon wave of praise to the name of Jesus, but offer little political or economic content to trouble his adoring fans.

...In the hands of conservative theologians, the Nicene religion of the baby and the cross is a way of distracting attention away from the teachings of Christ. It's a form of religion that concentrates on things like belief in the virgin birth while ignoring the fact that the gospels are much more concerned about the treatment of the poor and the forgiveness of enemies.


Good quote found by Graham in an article in the Guardian.

More from th article:

Nicene Christianity is the religion of Christmas and Easter, the celebration of a Jesus who is either too young or too much in agony to shock us with his revolutionary rhetoric. The adult Christ who calls his followers to renounce wealth, power and violence is passed over in favour of the gurgling baby and the screaming victim. As such, Nicene Christianity is easily conscripted into a religion of convenience, with believers worshipping a gagged and glorified saviour who has nothing to say about how we use our money or whether or not we go to war.


3 comments:

Erich said...

Hmmm, of course this rubs my Orthodox spine the wrong way. After all, if there were no Council of Nicea, the "Church" would still be in disagreement over the divinity of Christ. So, if we're all good anarchists, what's left? The Bible? But who put the Bible together? The Church. And a Church that consisted of the people it consisted of only because there was a Council of Nicea.

JJ said...

You know, if we are really gonna get into this, you realize that you will be wanting to tie me to a dry pile of sticks, you know...

Oh, and go Vikings!!!

Erich said...

It's only Catholics who've ever had a habit of tying people to a pile of dry sticks, but they're a couple centuries out of practice so I think you're safe.