Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Thoughts [a very few]

The fragmentation of Christianity by means of Protestantism bothers some devout Catholics, going back as far as Thomas More.  What seems noteworthy to  me is the removal of holiness from the physical and real world, and its imprisonment in words alone - that Christian holiness was made a matter of argument and logic and evidence, rather than a ‘Way’, a mode of living, of perceiving reality - of something one breathed in and one breathed out.  

As a questing historian I understand the forces that impelled the reformation movement we label Protestant - a fear that the essence of Christ’s message in the Resurrection was lost under layers and layers of ritual and artwork and music - that there was too much icing and too little cake, as a result.  Too much time is wasted debating points of doctrine - all great fun no doubt, but wasted time nonetheless. 

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