Skip to main content

View Diary: Thank god for evolution!: Religion may become extinct (112 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Hot damn. I love comments so good I have to look (4+ / 0-)

    . . . up words used, namely "orthopraxy."

    I think it would be a good idea here to point to the letter of a Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer who in his living and dying and thought transformed Christianity for me profoundly and forever.

    Christians range themselves with God in his suffering; that is what distinguishes them . . .   As Jesus asked in Gethsemane,” Could ye not watch with me one hour?” That is the exact opposite of what the religious man expects from God. Man is challenged to participate in the sufferings of God at the hands of a godless world.

    He must therefore plunge himself into the life of a godless world, without attempting to gloss over its ungodliness with a veneer of religion or try to transfigure it. He must live a ‘Worldly” life and so participate in the suffering of God. He may live a worldly life as one emancipated from all false religions and obligations. To be a Christian does not mean to be religious in a particular way, to cultivate some particular form of ascetism (as a sinner, a penitent or a saint), but to be a man. It is not some religious act which makes a Christian what he is, but participation in the suffering of God in the life of the world.

    . . . That is their faith. There is nothing of religious asceticism here. The religious act is always something partial, faith is always something whole involving the whole life. Jesus does not call men to a new religion, but to life.

    . . . Just one more point for to-day. When we speak of God in a non-religious way, we must not gloss over the ungodliness of the world, but expose it in a new light. Now that it has come of age, the world is more godless, and perhaps it is for that very reason nearer to God than ever before.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 07:25:07 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  allthough i would not call me a (4+ / 0-)

      traditional christian
      Dietrich Bonhöffers word are verry inspiring
      thanks have not heard of him for a long time actually.

      •  His life, thoughts and his death are inspiring. (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        gerald 1969, dirkster42, Alec82

        I recommend his writing to anyone who cares about religion and/or the spiritual health of  humankind.

        No other religious thinker has had the effect on me that this brave man has had except for Gandhi.

        I read what he writes and a great and clean wind blows through my soul.

        I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

        by CherryTheTart on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 07:41:52 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (128)
  • Community (59)
  • 2016 (50)
  • Environment (39)
  • Elections (37)
  • Media (34)
  • Republicans (32)
  • Hillary Clinton (31)
  • Law (29)
  • Jeb Bush (29)
  • Culture (27)
  • Iraq (27)
  • Barack Obama (26)
  • Climate Change (25)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (25)
  • Civil Rights (24)
  • Labor (20)
  • Economy (20)
  • LGBT (16)
  • Congress (15)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site