The big problem for Christianity today:
it has its roots in a first-axial-period consciousness
(500-300 BC when the great world religions formed
including Judaism, Christianity’s precursor)
and Christianity’s cosmology is outdated and irrelevant
according to many postmodernists.
Therefore, you sometimes have to use apologetics
(Christian philosophy) to open peoples’ minds
before you can be kerygmatic
(proclaim Christ to them).
Ascending religionists (working their way up to God
through more and more perfect virtue)
and descending religionists (working their way down to God
through greater and greater humility)
try to convert each other
but their salvation truly lies in their unity not division
both morals and mysticism are needed.
Fifty years before Pentecostalism birthed
in the 1850s, liberal Protestantism birthed
experiential American Transcendentalism with its love of
and liberal Protestantism rejected
the spiritual ennui of organized religion/church.
The Transcendentalists (Emerson/Thoreau/Whitman/Melville)
urged self-transcendence, a magnificent gift
but one always limited by the realities of life –
transcendence shows us the possibilities
but personal and social limitations
restrict our ability to fulfill the possibilities.
But exposing our limitations/mortality/hidden wounds to God
allows us to experience in our shame and brokenness
the unconditional love of the only One
the only truly Transcendent One.
Two tenets of Wisdom:
There is a God
You are not God.