Thinking Out Loud

November 14, 2009

Choosing and Picking The Parts of Christianity We Like Best

Filed under: quotations, theology — Tags: , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:59 pm

Graham Peacock at the blog, Digging a Lot in a November 14th post, offers us this quotation — with some emphasis added — from the  book The Naked Now by Richard Rohr:

Naked Now

If I counted right on Wikipedia, this is Rohr's 24th book

“Within the Christian churches, how else can we explain the obvious avoidance of so many of Jesus’ major teachings? Jesus’ direct and clear teachings on issues such as nonviolence, a simple lifestyle, love of the poor, forgiveness, love of enemies, inclusivity, mercy, and not seeking status, power, perks, and possessions: throughout history, all have been overwhelmingly ignored by mainline Christian churches, even those who call themselves orthodox or biblical. This avoidance defies explanation until we understand how dualistic thinking protects and pads the ego and its fear of change. Notice that the things we ignored above require actual change of our lifestyle, our security systems, or our dualistic thought patterns. The things we emphasized instead were usually intellectual beliefs or moral superiority stances that asked little of us: the divinity of Christ, the virgin birth, the atonement theory, and beliefs about reproduction and sex. After a while, you start to recognize the underlying bias. The ego diverts your attention from anything that would ask you to change, to righteous causes that invariably ask others to change.(p. 94)


  1. Oh my…this line hurt!
    “The ego diverts your attention from anything that would ask you to change, to righteous causes that invariably ask others to change”
    Seriously, this is an arrow pointed at my heart. I tend to be a philosopher by instinct. I think a lot. I need to pray through this post a little at a time

    Comment by Cynthia — November 14, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

    • Yes, and in a self-fulfilling fashion, I missed that sentence the first time, even though it was highlighted.

      I’ve heard this view before, but never put so succinctly.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — November 14, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

  2. Wow, never knew that there are Jesus’ teachings that have been avoided & unknown so far. Would love to understand the Lord’s take on power, perks & status.

    Comment by Jesus Art Prints — November 17, 2009 @ 7:29 am

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