Saturday, March 22, 2008

Clarification on my views of Protestantism

A young woman after having read my profile [on MySpace, where I declared among other things that I'd rather be a gay porn fluffer than a Protestant] observed that my hatred of Protestantism went beyond a mere disagreement. With me, she wrote me, it seems to be a livid, raging vendetta. "Seems", my lady? Nay, it is. I know not "seems".

Now, let me state at the outset that, yes, I acknowledge that there are a great many Protestants whom I admire and who put me to shame as a Christian. One of these actually helped me to set my mind straight about abortion and (ironically enough as the clever reader will soon see) the poison of moral relativism. Another is a very sweet young woman who has done humanitarian work for two years in Nepal. I am a big fan of Søren Kierkegaard and even have a soft spot for Luther's polemical flourishes. And, of course, two of my all time heroes are Sophie and Hans Scholl, who were both still Lutherans when the Nazis murdered them. Their nobility is unsurpassable. I repeat: Unsurpassable.

My battle is with Protestantism, not so much with Protestants, certainly not with Protestants who are sincerely trying to live the Christian Faith to the best of their abilities. Protestantism is rotten to the core. Its principles of sola this and solo that lead logically to the subjective individualism that is so amenable and acquiescent to the hegemonic rule of consumerist capitalism but is utterly inimical and antithetical to true Christian Culture which is communitarian (Acts 2:43-47).

Take, for instance, one of the more well known of the "solas", sola scriptura, the notion that the Bible is the ONLY infallible rule of faith. This was the boneheaded concoction of Dr. Luther. Luther, of course, needed an authority to replace the one he comprehensively rejected, id est the authority of Rome. Well, that's easy, said Luther. The authority of Holy Writ! Duh! Fine, but Holy Writ, as magnificent and miraculous a book as it is, is still in one crucial respect like all other books: It needs to be interpreted. Luther thought he could get around this problem by saying either that Scripture interprets itself or that the Bible is so clear on "fundamentals" that everyone can understand it. The problem was that not every Bible-believing Christian had the same conception of clarity as Dr. Luther, and this made Dr. Luther angry. When the students at his school were coming up with exegeses of the Bible which differed with his, he ordered the Bibles replaced with copies of his catechism. When the Anabaptists dared to suggest that infant baptism had no Biblical warrant, Luther wanted to burn their sorry heretical asses. What Luther meant by sola scriptura was really his own dictatorial fiat.

Men will sometimes submit to divine authority, but to the authority of the mere opinions of some foul-mouthed, egghead scripture scholar? You gotta be kidding me! No, the thought among the people was, "Well, great, Rome is off our backs, and if Luther can interpret Holy Writ according to his whim, hey, so can we!" Presto! Every man his own pope!

This is doctrinal anarchy, of course, and it still prevails to this day. We have a protestantism that affirms limited atonement and another that denies it. One that affirms infant baptism and another that denies it. One that affirms free will and another that denies it, and on and on and on. A Christian culture must have doctrinal unity. The so-called Reformation gave us doctrinal anarchy and, thus, destroyed the culture once called Christendom.

And what took its place? Since people could not be united by a public belief anymore and since the love of philosophy can only unite a rarefied group of eggheads, the only thing that could keep society from coming unglued was the Hobbesian compact. In other words, rationally counterbalanced selfishness. People could not agree on the questions of justification and the sacraments, but they could very well agree on their own material welfare and self-enrichment. So, in the absence of a unified belief, the universal motives of self-preservation and greed became the uniter. Sort of. The motives, of course, lead inevitably to strife. Hence, the Hobbesian compact. In other words, a good, well armed police force to make sure that every individual's struggle to realize his greed against everyone else's does not lead to bloodshed--at least. Thus, the Occident which was supposed to be the culture of Christ became instead the culture of the marketplace and the cops.

Protestantism divided the Kingdom of God and, in so doing, delivered the Occident over to the Kingdom of Mammon. This is just one reason why I hate Protestantism with a fiery vengeance.

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