The idea of this new kind of church in the mood of the Preface to Last and First Men with its idea of the ‘Virtual Church of the Holy Brick’ is open ended, and can start anywhere in the succession of Xtian belief systems. But more realistically, given the almost total brainwashing of the Xtian population, a new form of leftist theologian has to find the impossible to conceive combination that can work to rouse a congregation.
I doubt if this will happen. The real reason for this idea is that as a virtual experiment it is invaluable for leftists stuck on marxist materialism to confront the reality of religion.
As we pointed out, the original and first communist movement in the modern period was an Xtian one. That a measure of something lost. But I don’t think Xtians can be roused very easily at this point.
But it might be useful to consider a hyper-radical Xtian futurist church as a medium for discussion, at least, and a way to actually bring Xtianity back into discussion. It is useful to do this because modernity is split down the middle. If we examine the earlier transitions in the macro model we see transitions generating a consistent theme with a slingshot effect at the ‘divide’. But in the modern case, the Reformation takes the first half of the transition, and then everything changes gear in the Enlightenment. That’s all well and good, but then at the divide point after 1800 the system shifts again to a reduced version of modernity. To reject the Enlightenment as a bourgeois phenomenon, and replace the whole of modern philosophy via Kant as ideological was a really wrong way to go. The outcome no longer corresponds to modernity, let alone to something by then practically ‘archaic’ such as the Reformation. But there is a wisdom to the original logic which is lost on contemporary culture now beset with a very narrow take on religion, via scientism.
An aggressively innovative Xtianity can look at the issues that have frittered away the whole legacy.
First and foremost is the confusion over ‘god’. Why not toss in the towel and stop ‘god talk’ in its tracks with what we suspect is the original: the refusal to invoke ‘god’ by name, retreating to the glyph IHVH. Xtianity was very early turned into a vending machine prayer racket for ‘god’ in the ‘gimme this, god, gimme that’ degeneration into Santa Claus theology. The question of prayer is highly complex, yet reduced to idolatrous abuse in the whole history of theological populism. Unfortunately for the modern rationalist, prayer ‘works’ just often enough to confuse the whole issue at any point that anyone tries to ‘rationalize’ the tradition. One should simply accept the reality yet create a guideline into the future via something more intelligent. But we can’t conclude that the spiritual domain is superstition and that prayer is always a fantasy practice. This issue however will be an acid test, given the reality that parallel religions like buddhism simply discard prayer of this type, while in Islam the whole circumstance of prayer is given an elegant and profound practice free of the problems with the Xtian variety… Islam, as few Xtians realize, contains some ‘feedback’ from somewhere on Xtian issues that struck many already in antiquity as liabilities of the religion.
That is the first in a series of issues in a new reformation that could transform Xtianity and give it a real future. But the logic of the modern transition is fairly clear, and stark: Xtianity was given a new future at the dawn of modernity, but it is also true that it was dropped in the middle period after the Thirty Years War as the transformation of science, philosophy and in general the Enlightenment simply outpaced the Xtian formulation which was a product of the age of Constantine.
There are a host of issues like this that could transform Xtianity, but the reality is that the format of the Xtian church proved hard to modernize. But there is a way to do that. And it will emerge in time. But we can see that the attempt to replace religion in toto with scientific concepts failed. The reality of the Xtian belief system was a mythical version of the supernatural when in reality a non-mythical version of all that is entirely possible.
One way to proceed is to stand back and look at the larger history of religion, and more specifically that of Xtianity. Its true enigma has been lost to thought in the extravagance of Xtian theological supernaturalism.
In any case the onset of a still further degraded Xtianity of once Calvinist capitalists in the form of stooping to annex Ayn Rand to a new theology is the signal of hopeless retards led by cynical capitalist Nietzschean ideologists who seemed to have failed to notice that someone is actually watching them perform this black mass. The future will move in to destroy in its entirety such a grotesque mockery.
We should recall the obvious: a streamlined Xtianity in the Quaker tradition already exists and was a profound companion to the emergence of abolitionism.