Sacraments vs Worldview II

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.

4 thoughts on “Sacraments vs Worldview II

  1. Lemme not come across as a fanboy, but I recently came across a podcast where David Bentley Hart was interviewed… He talked about how many American Evangelical converts to Eastern Orthodoxy carry what you call the “worldview warrior” mindset will them, often condemning others not in their “club”, espousing the same worldview and view on sacraments and the church, he has also said a similar thing about Catholic Trads also. And I have seen that even among us Protestants. I guess that this mindset can infect even those who espouse a “sacramental faith”

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    1. Nothing short of formal public renunciation can keep you from looking like a DBH fanboy. πŸ˜‰

      I tend to think converts from Protestantism to Rome or Constantinople who do so because they think RC or EO is more true and authoritative etc. are still being what they were at heart as Protestants, i.e. they’re their own final authority on what’s sound doctrine, and they still think in terms of Modernist worldviewism.

      It’s not that I’m saying there’s no place for wisdom as discernment of good and evil and understanding the times. It just shouldn’t push the Church’s public liturgical life out the door. Honestly, EO could use a dose of worldview thinking from what I can see to counteract its excessive promotion of mystery. πŸ™‚

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      1. Okay, I admit it, I’m the fanboy extraordinaire πŸ˜‚

        That’s exactly what I think too, I think one the reason I’m attracted to DBH is his blunt honesty, he’s one EO person that doesn’t have that smug superiority complex when it comes to Theology. He’s caustic sure, but it’s not the wordviewism as much as impatience with those who don’t want to at least see their prejudices (which I’m sure you understand).

        I myself am considering going for conversion to EO, haven’t made a decision, there may be a Protestant church out there for me yet. I’m trying to find a way out of the blind side of traditionalists on all sides of our weird religion. I definitely think EO needs the same west a lot of it’s members repudiates, and we need them, they have a lot to offer too. It’s a fight not to treat those who don’t accept my ideas like heathen, Lord save us from our hidden gnosticism

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