The Hidden Underlying Challenge: Theocracy

“When we examine the wider movements of thought and culture in the eighteenth century, we find something of enormous significance for understanding why the gospels were being read in the way they were. At the heart of ‘the Enlightenment’ was a resolute HGBKdetermination that ‘God’ — whoever ‘God’ might be — should no longer be allowed to interfere, either directly or through those who claimed to be his spokesmen, in the affairs of this world. Once ‘man had come of age,’ there was no room for theocracy. It was as simple as that. God was pushed upstairs, like the doddering old boss who used to run the company, but has now been superseded. He has, no doubt, a notional place of ‘honor,’ a cozy office where he can sit and imagine he’s still in charge. But nobody is fooled. The new generation is running the business now. They know it, and his supporters had better get used to it. Thus, for the European and American Enlightenment, God was superannuated to a position of totally ineffectual ‘honor.'” – NT Wright

“But the whole point of the gospels is to tell the story of how God became king, on earth as in heaven.”

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3 Responses to The Hidden Underlying Challenge: Theocracy

  1. branchl77 says:

    Interpretation of scripture or history is just that. It is one persons point of view. Just because my team is 10-0 against my opponents, it is a bad theology to say that God had something to do with it. It is ok to give thanks, and ok to record the truth of the events, even from ones point of view. However to build a theology based on event is a set up for abuse in the future if the wrong conclusions are derived.

  2. RJ Dawson says:

    Thanks Mike. Mr. Wright is painting with a pretty broad paint roller with this claim, though generally true on the surface. It is a claim that can be made at any point in history. And the point is that the Lord God shows up among us and some accept Him and some reject Him. Some see Him and some don’t. Even within the so-called Enlightenment this was the case. I get your drift, and it certainly applies to the present. And I know we agree that in the midst of this present darkness there is a GREAT LIGHT…

  3. And so we see how the enlightenment paved the way through humanism to a one world government and the reign of the man anti Christ.

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