Tuesday, April 28, 2009

If This Sounds Familiar....

...then you're in trouble.

H. Richard Niebuhr (not his brother, Reinhold) is known for a number of reasons, one of which is this famous quote describing Americanist religion:

He said that it peddled the idea that "a God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross."

This is the Therapeutic religion (as Dreher would have it), and it is a lot more common across denominations than it should be.

HT: Pertinacious


Terrence Berres said...

"...a Christ without a cross."

For instance.

GOR said...

It does explain the numbers at non-denominational churches and the appeal of televangelism. "Don't worry! Be Happy!"

And the Boomers mantra: "All you need is love!"