Posted by BrianC
on May 12, 2004, 4:13 pm
I don't disagree with that. I would not deny that there
are some people on the left who think in an excessively
political framework. One of the features of so much of life
in the contemporary Western world is that nearly everything
is analysed in a political context.
Within the Church though I think the true liberals are
largely a spent force. That is not the future. By "liberal"
in this context, I mean people who are basically seeking
to conform the Church to secular culture and who would seek
an easing of any rules simply because the rules are too
difficult to live out.
The points I was making need to be read in the context
that I was speaking of the significant intellectual forces
or paradigms that, it seems to me, are driving things within
the Church at the moment. I am arguing that the major division
is not conservative vs liberal as it might have been
in the 1970s and 1980s but is now largely a dualism
of people who want to analyse everything through a political
lense (and they are predominantly conservative) and those
who are fed up to the back teeth of everything being analysed
in a political context. To them the more important question
is not one of "what's my side's 'position' on this
issue?" but "what's the real truth of this situation
as reflected in people's hearts? What's the Spirit saying
to humanity, or me, here (on whatever the particular question
happens to be)?" That position is very threatening
to those operating in a conservative political context.
For evidence of that just read Maggie's many comments about
her worry that people will go off following their own whims
and feelings. They, I submit, tend to try and categorise
all those who do not think like them as "liberals",
even "nihilists" or "agents of the Devil".
I would further submit, they largely do that simply because
they cannot understand any other frame of reference other
than an excessively political one. They cannot imagine being
able to think other than in an "us and them" political
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