The Imagined Rebellion

This Monday seems like a good day for a word from Kierkegaard taken from “Parables of Kierkegaard” (Princeton Univ. Press).

A revolutionary age is an age of action; ours is the age of advertisement and publicity. Nothing ever happens but there is immediate publicity everywhere. In the present age a rebellion is, of all things, the most unthinkable. Such an expression of strength would seem ridiculous to the calculating intelligence of our times. On the other hand a political virtuoso might bring off a feat almost as remarkable. He might write a manifesto suggesting a general assembly at which people should decide upon a rebellion, and it would be so carefully worded that even the censor would leg it pass. At the meeting itself he would be able to create the impression that his audience had rebelled, after which they would all go quietly home – having spent a very pleasant evening.

May the church be a real rebellion and not an imagined one.

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  1. Wayne Park says:

    May we move to active, participatory rebellion. May we think of strategic ways to move ourselves from places of comfort to intentional discomfort. May we move closer one step each day to praxis.

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