Amerikaners en die godsdiens van wanhoop

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Wat dryf die radikale Christelike beweging in die VSA? ‘n Artikel in die New Statesman beweer dat die beweging se krag in wanhoop lê:

The engine that drives the radical Christian right in the United States – the most dangerous mass movement in American history – is not religiosity, but despair. It is a movement built on the growing personal and economic despair of tens of millions of Americans, who watched helplessly as their communities were plunged into poverty by the flight of manufacturing jobs, their families and neighbourhoods torn apart by neglect and indifference.

Die skrywer, Chris Hedges, verduidelik verder:

This despair crosses economic boundaries, enveloping many in the middle class who live trapped in huge, soulless exurbs where, lacking any form of community rituals or centres, they also feel deeply isolated, vulnerable and lonely. Those in despair are the most easily manipulated by demagogues, who promise a fantastic utopia, whether it is a worker’s paradise, liberté-égalité-fraternité, or the second coming of Jesus Christ. Those in despair search desperately for a solution, the warm embrace of a community to replace the one they lost, a sense of purpose and meaning in life, the assurance that they are protected, loved and worthwhile.

Die skrywer sien hierdie tipe geloof as ‘n bedreiging:

The danger of this theology of despair is that it says that nothing in the world is worth saving. It rejoices in cataclysmic destruction. It welcomes the frightening advance of global warming, the spiralling wars and violence in the Middle East and the poverty and neglect that have blighted American urban and rural landscapes as encouraging signs that the end of the world is close. Those who cling to this magical belief, which is a bizarre form of spiritual Darwinism, will be raptured upwards while the rest of us will be tormented with horrors by a warrior Christ and finally extinguished. The obsession with apocalyptic violence is an obsession with revenge. It is what the world, and we who still believe it is worth saving, deserve.

Those who lead the movement give their followers moral licence to direct this rage and yearning for violence against all who refuse to submit to the movement, from liberals and “secular humanists”, to “nominal Christians”, intellectuals, gays and lesbians, to Muslims. The leaders of the Christian right, from James Dobson to Pat Robertson, call for a theocratic state that will, if it comes to pass, bear within it many of the traits of classical fascism.


Written by George Maru

20 Februarie 2007 at 7:02

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  1. Ek plak vir jou ‘n nice aanhaling van die evangelical Jim Wallis hieronder. Die artikel waaruit dit kom, is in die jongste Time en ek het ‘n skakel daarheen op my blog gesit.

    As I have traveled around the country, one line in my speeches always draws cheers: “The monologue of the Religious Right is over, and a new dialogue has now begun.” We have now entered the post-Religious Right era. Though religion has had a negative image in the last few decades, the years ahead may be shaped by a dynamic and more progressive faith that will make needed social change more possible.

    In the churches, a combination of deeper compassion and better theology has moved many pastors and congregations away from the partisan politics of the Religious Right. In politics, we are beginning to see a leveling of the playing field between the two parties on religion and “moral values,” and the media are finally beginning to cover the many and diverse voices of faith. These are all big changes in American life, and the rest of the world is taking notice.

    Evangelicals — especially the new generation of pastors and young people — are deserting the Religious Right in droves. The evangelical social agenda is now much broader and deeper, engaging issues like poverty and economic justice, global warming, HIV/AIDS, sex trafficking, genocide in Darfur and the ethics of the war in Iraq. Catholics are returning to their social teaching; mainline Protestants are asserting their faith more aggressively; a new generation of young black and Latino pastors are putting the focus on social justice; a Jewish renewal movement and more moderate Islam are also growing; and a whole new denomination has emerged, which might be called the “spiritual but not religious.”


    20 Februarie 2007 at 17:46

  2. Jesus en Sy volgelinge het hulle nie bemoei met poletiek en dit is waar die “kerke” dwaal. As ons, ons bemoei met daardie dinge, verloor ons, ons fokus, op saligheid. Soek ons Sy koninkryk, wat ons nodig het vir ons aardse bestaan, sal ons kry. Jesus het Hom ontferm om hulle wat Hom gevolg het en nie om hulle wat hul rug op Hom gedraai het. Al lei ons verdrukking, het ons nog vrede.

    Hans Matthysen

    18 Mei 2007 at 20:56

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