How to kill a church

Tony Woodlief has seen it done:

A few amateur scholars set up shop around the ramblings of minor, abstruse theologians, and a bevy of chattering hens surrounds them to cluck away at questioners, and so those who disagree, who feel their souls oppressed by the doctrines and the dynamics and the denuded aesthetics of the place, slink away in ones and twos and entire families, until the church isn’t what it once was.

Which, if you think about it, is much the way secular organizations die, except that when they tell you to go to hell, they’re speaking figuratively. Usually.


  1. McGehee »

    27 September 2011 · 9:15 am

    I still think the surest, though not quickest, way to destroy a church is to Establish it. Just look at the Church of England.

    If the secularists really want to undermine the power of religion in American life they should be agitating for the Establishment Clause to be repealed, not expanded.

  2. fillyjonk »

    27 September 2011 · 9:25 am

    That’s the problem, isn’t it, in following a person rather than God?

    I lived through a congregational split that was kind of like that (but in reverse: the “clucking hens” were in favor of the “dissident” group who wanted more doctrinaire stuff). I never want to live through something like that again; it was like a very ugly divorce.

  3. Mel »

    27 September 2011 · 10:19 pm

    Well, there was the loaded pistol placed on the pulpit. That, though, had more to do with a back injury turned oxycodone addiction than a doctrine.

    The Spirit however, certainly moved that evening.

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