http://darwiniana.com/?s=munzerian+xtianity: the idea of an alternate Protestant reformation: a proto-communist Munzerian Church as a thought experiment about the exit strategy for Xtian religious formations in a turbulent future.
In all the talk about secularization we see that in fact the modern transition produced a ‘reformation’ that gave a second birth to Xtian legacies and this has led to a confusing situation of Xtian groups between two stools in their theology and modernity in tandem and too often in conflict. We should note that there was no such reformation for judaism in the early modern, the nineteenth century producing various combinations very close to the reality of a ‘reformation’. But the legacy of the Protestant Reformation is beginning to see the retreating tide of an archaic religious legacy stalled in the format of its theological contradictions. The secondary stage of the modern transition rapidly outpaced the Protestant Reformation and a vast new universe of discourse opened up that might have guided the future of the Reformation to a genuine modernity. But instead we have had the legacy of faux-Spinozism, crippled secular humanism, reductionist scientism and ideological darwinism attempt the replacement of ancient religion with a curiously inadequate set of cult-like innovations such as the ‘new atheism’, almost the same rehash of the generation of Feuerbach from the nineteenth century. In some ways, the earliest form of the Reformation was the creation of the first world religion from India, namely buddhism, and its obvious resemblance to a reformation as a proto-secular version of an ancient Indian legacy. (but what does the term ‘secular’ mean at this point?). The rapid expansion of this now ancient religion into modern society fills an obvious need for something more sustaining that the rapidly decaying legacy of the Old and New Testaments. But the future of buddhism remains unclear, although its multiple clonings in the new age movement, reminiscent of the multiple rebirths of proto-buddhism in the primordial eras of Jainism and before, suggest the obvious way that the multiple incarnations of ‘buddhism’, up to and including that of Gautama, ensure or suggest a clear future in a putative ‘reformation’ of buddhism that will once again survive to a future from. The archaeo-buddhist legacy, or better, the santana dharma is unique in its multiple reincarnations in different world epochs.
Here our invocation of a Munzerian Xtianity equally suggests a reincarnation of ‘buddhism’ as the original revolutionary movement it was and a blending of such separate streams is almost inevitable at this stage of history: even the new atheists have attempted a rascal brand here in the mindfulness double take of Sam Harris.
I think however the rationalist core of buddhism, which is so topical to modernity, compared to the mythic historicism of xtianity, will prove to lack a particular ingredient, one found in the monotheistic stream, perhaps, and in any case open to recasting for a new and future spiritual brand adapted to the secular world. We have called this the line of ‘being’ and the line of ‘will’. It springs from the great search of man to proceed within the world as a soul-being or beyond the world as a renunciant who passes beyond samsara. It is no accident that the realms of the Orient and Occident have spawned two master formats of religion along this line of differentiation, and we can perhaps suspect a new and future brand that reckons with the duality here in a new global disposition. Here our Munzerian Xtian ‘commies’ could bridge two realities and create an intelligent exit path for struggling Xtian modernists in the twin perspectives of ‘god’ and ‘enlightenment’ graduating to the modern mentality in any number of ways, viz. the ‘cosmological’ and the ‘conscious’.