Gene Robinson

St. Stephen's Basilica
“Old School” Christianity

So, Bishop Gene Robinson, of gay Episcopal fame, is now doing a column for The Daily Beast. In his inaugural column, he manages to deliver every postmodern sentiment in his vast repertoire, including:

This column will also go far beyond Christianity. God is infinite, and it comes as no surprise to me that there have developed, over time, many credible and faithful approaches to understanding God. In the end, no religion holds a lock on the reality of God. Each religion grasps only a part of the infinite God and offers insight into God’s reality, and we would do well to exercise a good measure of humility in claiming we know God’s will. Better to begin each pronouncement we make about God with “In my experience…” or “From my perspective…” or simply “For me….” At the end of the day, no matter how much we believe we know God’s will, we must acknowledge that each of us is only doing the best she/he can.

Yep, “in my experience” the fullness of God dwelt bodily in Jesus Christ, but that’s just me talking. Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe my inner self.

Christians are being persecuted and killed at unprecedented rates around the world, all of which is totally unnecessary if they would simply explain to their persecutors that Jesus is just a subjective fancy, personally meaningful but nothing to get all upset about!

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Image: St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest, Hungary. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

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7 comments

  1. God is, obviously, infinite. God is, obviously, not contained in any one religion or in any one person’s understanding. God is, obviously, that to which all things tend. But this proves only that we have a longing for the transcendent, not that all interpretations of ‘god’ are correct. If anything, the heart being turned inward upon itself, it only leads to death. And it’s subjective nonsense.

    • Yes, if you read the whole thing, it is painfully obvious that Bishop Robinson is projecting himself, in an almost adolescent way — but, of course, that is basically my definition of pomo identity-obsession.

  2. I know this kind of thing is hardly surprising now but you wonder how people (including the person that says it) can take it seriously? I mean, what kind of perverse things must you have done to your mind before you take Robinson’s comments seriously?

    Oddly Robinson thinks it is him that is taking the world seriously when, as you say, he is simply projecting himself unto it – befuddled and befuddling.

    • Yes, taking the world “seriously” by taking himself too seriously, veiled with a cheap and sentimental “humility.”

  3. Okay, this is just too easy:

    From my perspective, God is infinite, and it comes as no surprise to me that there have developed, over time, many credible and faithful approaches to understanding God. In the end, for me, no religion holds a lock on the reality of God. In my experience, each religion grasps only a part of the infinite God and offers insight into God’s reality, and we would do well to exercise a good measure of humility in claiming we know God’s will.

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