Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fr. Barron comments on the hate-religion-love-Jesus video

My initial reaction to the video Fr. Barron discusses here was like his.  It is so crude and contradictory in its theology of Jesus and his Church, so muddled and naive in the way it counterposes Jesus and religion, that I could not understand its appeal.  Yet it has gone viral on YouTube, with ever-growing millions of hits.  It is is necessary but not sufficient to show that it is wrong, incoherent, and contradicts Scripture and everything we know of Jesus's life and mission.  It is also necessary to understand the video as a cultural phenomenon, one related both to New Age (spirituality yes, religion no) ideology and the Protestant roots of American individualism.  That is what Fr. Barron attempts.

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