Nothing is more powerful than beauty in a wicked world.

Aesthetic & Revolutionary Christianity

“Aesthetic Christianity called the world evil and left it. Humanity is waiting for a revolutionary Christianity which will call the world evil and change it” (Jurgen Moltmann, Lecture SPU).

Moltmann quotes this while speaking about the hope of Christianity. “Aesthetic Christianity,” as he calls it, does little more than critique and build itself up, only offering some sort of hope in the by-and-by, but doing nothing to alleviate suffering or stir up beauty now.

A Christianity that is revolutionary in nature will call the world evil, depraved, broken and hurt. It will see itself as a responsible party in the mess of the world and an agent of freedom and change. A revolutionary Christianity will view the world not as separated realities of the believer and the unbeliever but as one reality under the lordship of a risen God-man, where the people of God become what the world is to become tomorrow. In this way the hope of the Christian is for a new world. A world that is not a return to the garden of Eden that was “good,” but to a city of fully realized individuals under the lordship and love of the trinity and in harmony with each other and the land.

In this way, a revolutionary Christianity is a return to a simple, and yet very complex, New Testament Christianity. A Christianity in which religion is not defined as going to a church building but lending help to widows and orphans. Where faith is a dynamic response to the work of Jesus in his life, death, resurrection and ascension. A faith that can not be created by man made arguments but only by the wind of God. A faith that shows itself by sincere love of God and man. A faith that is not intertwined with politics but one that is a subversive picture to a broken political establishment of the harmonious and odd Kingdom of God.

A revolutionary Christianity says, “I believe, help my unbelief.”

3 responses

  1. Kyle

    Dude, yes, yes, and yes.

    November 16, 2008 at 9:16 pm

  2. “Aesthetic” is an interesting descriptor. It particularly makes me think of the various forms of marketed Christianity these days that are attempting to be “relevant” but only end up selling niceness to whoever is willing to buy it.

    I love that you say a revolutionary Christianity will call the world what it is. It will call the world broken and start from there. I’ve long thought that transparency and honesty would do Christians a lot more than the selling and fakeness they are best konwn for. Its no lie that we are all hypocrites, all humans are at some level. But as soon as we stop denying it and admit that we are unperfect and the world is depraved, we can be honest about how to help and love each other.

    Great words, friend, keep it up.

    November 21, 2008 at 2:39 am

  3. Ella

    “Revolutionary Christianity” — when I think about that concept I’m inclined to think about liberation theology in which religion helps free people from oppression. I agree that we need to refocus on “lending a hand” to help those in need and to taking care of the Earth. I am hopeful that New Christianity will help all of us refocus on helping one another and Mother Nature regardless of our individual religious and/or spiritual beliefs.

    December 17, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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