I was thinking more about the way the presence and the politics of the Kingdom of God and its citizenry are to be known. Or ought to be known. Known by its Sacraments more so than its Worldview Warfare.
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
– 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (NKJV)
It strikes me that sacramental saints see and speak of things in terms of the Faith and the Body. By contrast, worldview warriors see and speak of things in terms of Christianity. So I suspect this is a part of what Peter Leithart was getting at in Against Christianity. At least, it’s certainly what I’m taking away from it!
The Sacramental Faith is premised on a theology and a ritual practice of the Church as the corporate mystical Body of Christ. She knows rites and routines order our everyday lives. She knows the physical body of the individual matters. She’s very attuned to the language of her need to be washed and clothed as a corporate entity. She has ears to hear the sound of corporeal language applied to her life in the world and for the world. She understands herself as a she. She’s premodern.
Worldview warriors have little or no awareness of or need for a practiced reality of a Body. In my experience, corporeal symbology isn’t at home in the mind of a worldview warrior. It’s a hand-me-down from the One Ancient Faith. Such a warrior sees “Christianity” first and foremost as an abstract assembly of teachings and truth claims. His “Christianity” is mental, abstract, ghostly, phantasmic, ethereal, incorporeal. It’s a product of the Secular Humanist Modernism he claims to be opposing. His “Christianity” is a formal systematic theology textbook and a comparative worldview table.
And this means Christianity-as-Worldview is Gnostic in character. It’s not Gnostic about the bodies of individual persons in the way ancient Gnosticism was. Christian worldview warriors (rightly) care about what we do with our bodies on moral grounds. Or at the very least, they have a short and clear list of do’s and don’ts. But Christianity-as-Worldview is Gnostic about the corporate Body that is the Church and the Bride.
The worldview warrior understands Christians to be united and identified by the cultural positions we take. And by the battles we fight. More so than by the bread we break and the cup we bless. These are different notions of the nature of our communion with Christ and with one another.