The idea of a Munzerian Xtianity has been very fruitful…as an idea. But the realization of such a church in practice is not so easy to contemplate. The idea is first an abstraction of the type considered in the Preface to Last and First Men: the ‘virtual church’, etc…The mere idea is very fruitful as a way of looking at the early modern, and the emergence of Calvinist capitalism, so to speak. And it is a crucial reminder that at a time when ‘Prosperity Gospels’ are going to try and make Ayn Rand compatible with Xtianity, a visit from definite leftists is in order, to study the coming abomination.
But an actual church here would be something non-traditionalists could not quite bring off. I could be wrong. There is a simple trick to get past this point: take a piece of paper and write, “First Reformed Communist Church of Munzer of the Planet Earth’ and approach a church of choice to paste the paper (furtively) on the outside door, entering the church of Munzer forthwith, problem solved.
But the realization of such a church for a committed modernist in a world of humanists would prove difficult at this point. A pity: there is an easy way to bypass the complex Xtian theology with its many provocations to ‘ordinary reason’. The solution is to stand back and take the history of Xtianity in perspective in relation to world history, the Axial Age, and the history of Xtianity in the Roman Empire. This saga is fully realizable as a new form of the saga of Xtianity.
This requires no faith in miracles given the ‘real miracle’ of the history of religions in the context of….evolution? My study, WHEE, shows the spectacular context of a kind of Gaian field of cultural evolution, that of the great religions being especially dramatic.
A leftist needs only to focus on the highest abstraction beyond ‘god talk’, IHVH, as a question about the cosmic and theology. A strange realization emerges: the original monotheism was already post-theistic. So theistic issues can be watched like thoughts in meditation, and the real issue is a kind of companionship with people who got the job done on abolitionism. We don’t have to worry much about theology here. We are to find the way to a future modernity and the place of the Reformation as a seed movement was crucial. And the place of Munzer is ironic: the first appearance of a communist movement in modern times was created by an Xtian, Munzer, a prophet indeed.
The Reformation is still in motion, and the Xtian world started out ahead in the early modern, then was bypassed by modernists (I didn’t say ‘secularists’, the Reformation was quite ‘secular’), and now is confronted with the abyss of a new future. Since in my view the cliche versions of secular humanism, so-called, were actually less cogent that the archaic religions, the whole question of the future here is up in the air. In any case, as we have said, a future communist movement could do better with four plus rough starting groups: Xtians, Moslems, ‘extra-Buddhists (the buddhist type religion is varied)’ and Confucianism, say, as a ‘new age’ departure from an Axial Age epoch now passing. And finally a seminal ‘true secularism’ emerging in the wake of scientism and the transformations of the religions of the Axial Age. The problem here was not only the archaic theology factor, but the inability of scientism to really account for man and religion.
So we have to move to a phase of postcapitalist activism, with issues of humanism and religion up in the air, on the way to a epoch of social religion/postreligion.