Jollyblogger: Revolution vs. Reformation

I love this article Jollyblogger: Revolution vs. Reformation I would definately place myself in the radical reforming tradition. Maybe some would call me a revolutionary reformer cos I see a lot of reforming being needed ;-)

Truth is that I am passionate about life, change in the Church, but for me that has always been in and through the Church (in my case the Methodist Church) not by creating alternatives. In any case there is so much that God is doing in and outside his Church that I find myself fully occupied trying to keep up with him ;-)

Mind you I am intrigued by the JollyBloggers belief that that it is the post-modernists who are the revolutionaries. Over the history of the Church both modernism and post-modernism are recent blips on the timeline. I find it interesting when I notice ways in which post-modernism echoes elements of much earlier Church history ie pre-modernism. Some examples of where I personally see this in the rise of Ignation Spirituality and in the use of Iona & Taize worship in a variety of contexts.

2 thoughts on “Jollyblogger: Revolution vs. Reformation

  1. David

    Hi David – so you’re the “other Warnock” of the blogosphere – glad to meet you. And thanks for referencing me on your blog. You do bring up a good point about the postmoderns returning to an earlier “Ignatian spirituality.” That’s a new phrase for me, but I know that they do touch base with some elements of early church history, it just seems that most of the postmoderns I’m reading seem most concerned to adapt to the postmodern mindset, which in my puny mind at least, would put them in the revolutionary category.

  2. DaveW

    Yep, thats me (of course I tend to think of Adrian as the other Warnock ;-)
    I don’t disagree with you that there is a lot of revolution among the post modernists, but I also wanted to highlight that not all post-modernism is revolution and that in it’s day a lot of modernism was revolutionary as well.
    I suppose I am concerned that taking any cultural/technical/philosophy idea into the Church without theological reflection is dangerous. I feel it is going some way to far to say this but still I will. To what extend is revolution caused by too little theological reflection and too little understanding of grace?


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