Whacked on the head by God with a sock full of silver dollars


Today I was listening to the Kunstlercast, a podcast about "the tragic comedy of suburban sprawl." They talk a lot about energy, new urbanism, peak oil and other fine subjects. Kunstler is one of my favourite commentators on the future because his very direct and unvarnished way of saying things.  He was featured on the CBC a little while ago and he featured in the documentary "The end of suburbia."  They have some interesting comments about evangelicalism in America.  Keep in mind neither of them of religious. You can listen to the audio here.

Kunstler: I have a feeling that there isn’t going to be a whole lot of structure left except what may be supplied by some kind of a spiritual or church setting.

Crary: Here is the problem that I see though.  Most of the religions, I don’t think, I think that as organizations they would be equipped to help us in to the future, but I don’t think the message that a lot of them are preaching actually one of humanism, about fixing the human [condition].

Kunstler: That is probably the most characteristic about evangelical Protestantism in our time, especially the brand the emanates from the sun belt is how consumerist and materialist it is.  How obsessed it is with riches and getting something for nothing and getting whacked on the head by God with a sock full of silver dollars.

If you want to know why the church is declining and descending perilously into irrelevance is that we make clubs for ourselves and there is nary a hint of sacrifice for anything bigger than ourselves.  From the self-help sermons, to megachurch malls and shallow self-serving spirituality we are revealing what we are really all about.  The world can see through it all.  We’ve hitched ourselves to the wagon of consumerist excess and we will go down with it.

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