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Zizek’s most favorite story about physicist Niels Bohr goes like this:

A fellow scientist, visiting him at his country house, is surprised at seeing a horseshoe above the door. He exclaims to Bohr that he does not share the superstitious belief regarding horseshoes keeping evil spirits out of the house, to which Bohr snaps back:

“I don’t believe in it either. I have it there because I was told that it works even when one doesn’t believe in it.

For Zizek this is how ideology functions today. For me, this gives some insight into how Christianity functions on an ideological level within the stadiums of today’s mega churches. We should not expect much to change directly from showing how Jesus doesn’t fit within a prosperity driven accomodative consumer Christianity. Because those who attend really don’t believe it anyway (in the Zizekian sense). It just works!! Is this too cynical?

I think Zizek offers help in overcoming the “it works” dynamic.

David Fitch

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The disciples see a blind man; Jesus sees a man who happens to be blind. The disciples see an item for debate; Jesus sees a person, a human being like himself. They see sin, the effect of man’s work; Jesus sees need, the potential for God’s work. The disciples see a completed tragedy and wonder who the villain was; Jesus sees a story half-told, with the best yet to come.
Paul E. Miller
Paul E. Miller - Love Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like JesusLove Walked Among Us: Learning to Love Like Jesus
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The modern city is ugly not because it is a city but because it is not enough of a city, because it is a jungle, because it is confused and anarchic, and surging with selfish and materialistic energies.

G.K. Chesterton in Lunacy and Letters

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The Cultural Captivity of Christianity: The Poisoning of the Church

Individualism as an ideology should not be confused with the value of individuals. Individuals matter. It is a central affirmation of the Bible and Christianity: we all matter to God. Individuals and progress in individual rights, human rights, matter.

But individualism as an ideology is quite different. It is the notion that how our lives turn out is primarily the product of our individual achievement. Those who do well do so because they have made the most of their opportunities. It is the notion of the “self-made” person.

This ideology generates a politics and economics that privileges the successful: they deserve the fruits of their achievement. It dominates the political right, Christian and non-Christian alike. Most often absent or minimized is a concern for “the common good,” except perhaps when it is alleged to be the product of maximizing individual opportunities.

The effects of American individualism on American Christianity go beyond politics. For many Christians, morality is understood primarily to be about personal behavior. In comparison, what might be called “social morality” (economic fairness and a concern for the common good) receives short shrift.

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The disciples wanted a kingdom without a cross. Many would-be “orthodox” or “conservative” Christians in our world have wanted a cross without a kingdom, an abstract “atonement” that would have nothing to do with this world except to provide an escape from it.
N.T. Wright (via blakebaggott)

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Stanley Hauerwas gives us another picture of a mature church. He describes the role of the church as cultivating a people who “can risk being peaceful in a violent world, risk being kind in a competitive society, risk being faithful in an age of cynicism, risk being gentle among those who admire the tough, risk love when it may not be returned, because we have the confidence that in Christ we have been reborn into a new reality.”[7]
JR Woodward
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According to St Ignatius Brianchaninov, trying to pray without ceasing is a “hidden martyrdom.” A casual, but profound, example of this came to a small group of high school students. They were visiting a home for unwed mothers. The woman who directs the home spoke to them for a half hour. Because the woman sensed that the students were wondering about her own faith commitment, she said, “Well, you have been here 30 minutes and I have prayed 15 times.” She hadn’t been out of their sight, nor out of their conversation. Yet, during the active interchange, this woman found the desire, attention, and time, to shoot 15 “arrow” prayers to God. That’s keen vigilance. That’s a hidden martyrdom, especially when attempted all day long. Prayer requires super-human courage, given the atmosphere of the world today. The whole ensemble of natural energies is in opposition. So says Sophrony. Lions may not eat us for the sake of the Gospel. Rather, our call to martyrdom takes the form of being attentive to the present moment, relying upon God’s power always, and doing His will. Our call to martyrdom may not be any easier than death by violence.
Saying the Jesus Prayer | St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

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…for the young guys who spend most of their time watching television, eating chips and playing video games- we need you to undergo a cranial-rectal extraction immediately. As you sit around with your buddies trying to battle an enemy, liberate a people, and usher in a kingdom in yet another video game, I need you to know that you are wasting your lives. Those deep desires you have to be part of a tribe on mission to defeat evil and set captives free for the glory of a great king and kingdom are there for the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we need you on the front lines. The faithful grandmas and moms are getting tired of holding the line.
Mark Driscoll

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