Christianity: The Murderer of Creation

From an overwhelmingly powerful sermon by Wendell Berry:

Despite its protests to the contrary, modern Christianity has become willy-nilly the
    religion of the state and the economic status quo. Because it has been so exclusively
    dedicated to incanting anemic souls into heaven, it has, by a kind of ignorance, been made the tool of much earthly villainy. It has, for the most part, stood silently by, while a
    predatory economy has ravaged the world, destroyed its natural beauty and health, divided  and plundered its human communities and households. It has flown the flag and chanted the slogans of empire. It has assumed with the economists that "economic forces"
automatically work for good, and has assumed with the industrialists and militarists that
   technology determines history. It has assumed with almost everybody that "progress" is good, that it is good to be modern and up with the times. It has admired Caesar and comforted him in his depredations and defaults. But in its de facto alliance with Caesar, Christianity connives directly in the murder of Creation. For, in these days, Caesar is no longer a mere destroyer of armies, cities, and nations. He is a contradictor of the fundamental miracle of life. A part of the normal practice of his power is his willingness to destroy the world. He prays, he says, and churches everywhere compliantly pray with him. But he is praying to a God whose works he is prepared at any moment to destroy. What could be more wicked than that, or more mad?

(h/t: Rod Dreher)

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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