My European sparring partner, a far left Ph.D constantly engaged in vain attacks denouncing Christianity, recently shared this article by Jay Parini, “Taking Back Christianity from the Religious Right.” First off, ridiculous title. Mr. Parini never defines The Religious Right. And the Religious Right, whatever that is, does not own Christianity: neither will the Left ‘take it back,’ for it was never possessed in the first place.
However, Mr. Parini is very good at redefining Christianity to support and promote his privately held political biases.
“I began to see that Christianity, at its core, was about personal transformations that led one in the direction of nonviolent protest against nuclear war, against colonial actions abroad, against militarism of all kinds. Jesus became, for me, a profound spiritual master who wished us to change swords into plowshares, urging us to turn the other cheek when struck, to find and serve God in others. I began to focus on his commandments to his followers: love God, and love your neighbors as yourselves. [Mark 12:30-31] These were, indeed, his only commandments, and they pretty well summarize Christian thinking.”
Mr. Parini is difficult to take seriously for several reasons. Like Frankie Schaeffer, his ‘religion’ has become a list of grievances and condemnations of others, entirely missing the ‘core’ of Christianity, which is:
The Resurrection of Christ – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4