Wednesday, December 01, 2010

What is Modernism?

Some may have seen this classic sequence before, but as long as we're in a jovial mood on the blog, I thought I'd post it. Although it's done by and for Anglicans, Catholics and other sorts of Protestants will recognize the Modernist approach to religion satirized here:


Brant Pitre said...

You have got to love British wit! Especially the intellectual sort. I couldn't stop laughing. Thanks for posting this John, though it reminded me a bit too much of our grad school days ;)

Matthew Kennel said...

"No, no, prime minister. An atheist clergyman couldn't continue to draw his stipend, so, when they stop believing in God they call themselves modernists."

Thanks for the laugh, Dr. Bergsma!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

That is brilliant! LOL

"The church is trying to be more relevant."
"To God?"
"Of course not."

Yeah, I know people who push for that.

bbmoe said...

"Theology is a vehicle to allow agnostics to stay within the church."

This was droll, but the opposite is true in most [secular] academic environments. I was talking to a man who rec'd his Ph.D. from UVA in Theology and English Lit- I innocently asked what "flavor" of theology, assuming that it was under the auspices of some denomination. Oh, originally it was founded as a completely non-associated school of Theology (appropriate, considering the founder of the university) but that over the years, they'd started to let in "confessing" professors. I asked him what he meant. "Well, you know, people who actually go to a particular church." He said this as though it were a bad thing. Of course, in the higher reaches of academe, if you're religious you cannot possibly be "objective" and if you can be objective, you can really have a mind that's open enough for "truth" to seep in.