the more and the bigger
March 5, 2009
OK, so if you’ve worked with postmodern philosphy for some time you’ll know that postmodernism is partly about the deconstructing of meta-narratives so that the smaller more cultural specific and contextual specific and whatever specific you want can come out. If you’ve worked with it a little bit more, you’ll know that there is a big problem with this, what I’d call the Mcdonalization of narratives – the metanarratives that existed was broken down, and largely displaced not by smaller narratives but by one large metanarrative, primarily dominated by materialism and a consumer culture.
This is my biggest concern with the fact that the church has lost it’s way. At this point in history we need something that can provide an alternative on consumerism and materialism, and if the faith based organizations isn’t doing it, who will? Who will point to an alternative narrative?!!
Talking to a friend the other day this is the biggest problem we have with our friends leaving church, that they reject the church narrative, and then get pulled into this bigger narrative of consumerism. The typical Dawkins thing of: “There is no God, so stop worrying and enjoy life”, or even if there is a God, the second part of “stop worrying and enjoy life”. But there is reason to worry! The economy, ecology, political climate, AIDS etc give us reason to worry!
However, it’s not all of our friends that we have this tension with. Some reject church but remain Christian, or within some other spiritual tradition, that call them into something more, that provide an alternative upon this Mcdonalds metanarrative. Of the few who opt for all-out atheism, some link to something bigger, a bigger concern for living a life in harmony with creation and other humans.
This seem to remain neccesary within our friendships, else we tend to find tension appearing. Or at least, so it would seem at this stage of the journey.