By Jason A. Mahn
How may perhaps one stay the Christian religion inside a tradition that idealizes and privileges Christianity whereas additionally relativizing it, rendering it redundant and risk free? Arguing for a reconceptualization of the theology of the go and radical communal practices, this publication brings jointly clusters of critics of Christian acculturation and lodging: (1) Lutherans akin to Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer who raise up radical discipleship opposed to the propensity towards “cheap grace,” and (2) numerous “Anti-Constantinians,” together with neo-monastic groups, who resists the church’s collusion with strength politics, symbolized by means of the conversion of Constantine within the early fourth century.
Drawing on those varied assets, writer Jason Mahn explores a few pervasive risks of America’s new Christendom: its lodging to an exploitative economic system that cheapens the that means of grace; its endorsement of political liberalism, during which the church turns into one other specific curiosity team; its justification of struggle and other kinds of “necessary” violence; and its self-defeating lip-service to spiritual inclusivity. Mahn provocatively imagines choices to standard Christianity—ones wherein the church embodies another politic, the place it commits to cruciform non-violence, appreciates presents by way of giving them away, and understands its limitations good adequate to profit from these at the different side.
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Becoming a Christian in Christendom: Radical Discipleship and the Way of the Cross in America's "Christian" Culture by Jason A. Mahn