It’s a brave new church

I just finished Aldhous Huxley’s Brave New World. Written nearly 100 years ago it outlines a dystopian human future where society is engineered to be complete free of want, loneliness, boredom but also family, marriage, attachment. Everything and everyone is engineered for the maximum possible enjoyment. If despite all this you feel sad or upset you can just take the wonder drug Soma which is pretty much Heroin without addiction, withdrawal, or side affects.

In the book, there is an intriguing dialogue between the “Controller” that orchestrates this brave new world and a “savage” from the reservation that hasn’t been civilized. This dialogue illustrates how antithetical Christianity was from the philosophy of this new civilization. As I finished the book I reflected on how different Christianity is today from what was expressed in this nearly 90-year-old book. It seems like the church has evolved right along side to fit in with our increasingly brave new world.

Interest in understanding our faith is low. Small churches are closing and feeding members in to the large churches. The large churches have increasing numbers of people who might make it out to a service once or twice a month. Thin Christianity made up of platitudes, concert lighting and self-help principles doesn’t require much but it doesn’t provide much either.

I wonder what will come of it all. It all seems so precarious.

  1. #1 by Marc on July 14, 2017 - 2:54 pm

    I agree. It’s a scary thought! 10 years ago, at the height of blogging and emerging church stuff it felt like a yard sale in the church (to use Phyllis Tickle’s language). It feels like that again…or maybe it has just carried on since then.

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