Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Culture Wars: Sex After Christianity

Frankly, I'm not certain what I think about this article. Personally, if I don't know what I think about something, I read the article multiple times and sleep on it. But for your interest:
Too many of them think that same-sex marriage is merely a question of sexual ethics. They fail to see that gay marriage, and the concomitant collapse of marriage among poor and working-class heterosexuals, makes perfect sense given the autonomous individualism sacralized by modernity and embraced by contemporary culture—indeed, by many who call themselves Christians. They don’t grasp that Christianity, properly understood, is not a moralistic therapeutic adjunct to bourgeois individualism—a common response among American Christians, one denounced by Rieff in 2005 as “simply pathetic”—but is radically opposed to the cultural order (or disorder) that reigns today.

They are fighting the culture war moralistically, not cosmologically. They have not only lost the culture, but unless they understand the nature of the fight and change their strategy to fight cosmologically, within a few generations they may also lose their religion.
The source.

--Nick

2 comments:

  1. Another excerpt from the same article:

    "Same-sex marriage strikes the decisive blow against the old order. The Nation’s triumphalist rhetoric from two decades ago is not overripe; the radicals appreciated what was at stake far better than did many—especially bourgeois apologists for same-sex marriage as a conservative phenomenon. Gay marriage will indeed change America forever, in ways that are only now becoming visible. For better or for worse, it will make ours a far less Christian culture. It already is doing exactly that."

    Those who understand the Christian principles that the US was founded upon understand that the true moral issue in this country is that we have moved too far away from a "Christian Culture".

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  2. Even the meal for the day is maintained as a tradition. In Sicily there is a tradition of serving 12 varieties of fish being served on Christmas Eve. In England Turkey,become ordained online or goose, vegetables, meat and gravy are served.

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