Shuck and Jive

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Are Progressive Christians Nazis?

Such appears to be the conclusion of Viola Larson of Voices of Orthodox Women who blogs here. Viola is a newly knighted member of "the consistory" (check her links) which includes a bunch of right-winged Presbyterians many of whom have graced the presence of Shuck and Jive. I do enjoy my little spats with them.

Viola is a curious one. She spends her time mostly hassling the Presbyterian Women regarding their publications which are not fundamentalist enough for her taste. The National Network of Presbyterian College Women is also problematic for Viola as they use the "F" word, feminism.

Remember my post about the day the Layman tried to shut down the college women? Well, the Voices of Orthodox Women were some of the main players. They are still at it, these matronly looking ladies who enjoy employing the motherly shame technique.

"Oh shame on you, you mock the faithful, you, you...Nazi you!"

Viola is on a new kick. Every click of the computer gets published on the LayMAN. Her thesis is that progressive Christianity leads to Nazism. You can mock her nonsense here. She writes:

Religiously speaking, two important aspects of the liberalism of the German Churches in Nazi Germany correspond to Progressive Protestantism today, that is, a rejection of much of the Old Testament and a rejection of the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross. In fact both groups, the ‘German Christians’ of Nazi Germany and contemporary Progressives, reject Jesus Christ as he is found in both the Old Testament and the New.

As this particular heresy evolved in Nazi Germany it could not help but emerge as a form of paganism. Theologians insisted that theology must meet the needs of the German people; it must be seen, interpreted and formed in the context of their culture. Since all are sinners always turning toward themselves, the German people glorified the ‘volk’ that is the people. The people were glorified as was their leader, therefore Jesus Christ could only be understood as a heroic figure set beside Hitler.

There were those both inside the Church and out who went much further in their Paganism. There were many who wished to destroy Christianity as it had been known for almost two thousand years. Those outside tormented and mocked the Confessing Church. By 1937 many pastors of the Confessing Church were imprisoned....

The progressive theology of today will evolve also since it has no foundation in the revealed Word of God. Only God, however, knows that future. That some progressives in the Church care to mock the Lord of the Church and those who belong to the Lord of the Church is a telling sign of their evolving direction.

She links to me! What joy! It is difficult to know where to start with this. Here we have a writer for a fundamentalist group, VOW, who is allied with the IRD, the Layman, and every right wing group you can think of in the PCUSA, who routinely condemns gays, loves everything GW Bush does, and attempts to silence any type of theological exploration (college women reading books) that is contrary to her own fundamentalist ideology. Then she calls progressives the Nazis.

It is interesting that the Layman provided the energy and publicity for an organization in the church called the--get this--"Confessing Church Movement"--which was the name of the movement in the 30s with Karl Barth and all that went against Hitler and the patriotic German church.

Here is the modern Confessing Church Movement's beliefs:

1) Our religion is right and the only.
2) The Bible is the infallible Word of God (which to them gives divine and absolute authority for positions #1 and #3).
3) Homosexuality (which is what it is all about) is wrong, sinful, and no clergy who are gay and happy with that should be ministers.

You can read my post about this exclusive club here, Turning Over In Their Graves. They have the gall to name their idolatry after Karl Barth's movement. It blows the mind to contemplate how the right-wing distorts history.

Oh, by the way, since we are on the topic, you might check out this post about the IRD.

Wake up, folks! Secular liberals, you think this is just about church politics? Unless you get involved your Bill of Rights will be the Book of Leviticus!