Wednesday, July 8, 2009

not my usual

So this morning I received an email from 'emergent women' - I have some interest in the emergent church, and they mentioned a blog - I have an interest in blogging and being part of the conversation, so I clicked on it.

Bad idea. Very bad idea.

I began reading ... and came upon ideas from the 'new reformers' if you know who they are. A major 'plank' in their theology is the idea of complimentarianism... which means, put simply, men on top. It isn't so much their view - I am all about freedom of views - but their certainty that those with other views are not Biblical, heading toward or in immorality, and on the outside.

Life is only known as it is experienced. My mountain of abuse in these arenas is substantial. It happens, then, that many feelings are triggered in my soul when I read 'christian thinking' that is legalistic, controlling, and patriarchal.

So I went for a walk in the sun to shake off the sick feeling it all gave me. This experience makes me feel displaced and hopeless.

On my fridge I have a quote from the former president of Greenland, a woman. She said, "There is no glass ceiling. There is only a thick layer of men." I would rephrase that, "There is no spiritual ceiling, only a layer of thick men."

6 comments:

Krissi said...
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Krissi said...

Being from the Northwest, I've had people ask me around here if I've ever visited Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill church in Seattle. I always have to stop and make a conscious effort not to punch them in the face.

Mrs Moose said...

The New Reformers are, well, still Reformed in their theology. Now the Anabaptists ... there's some theology to be proud of. :)

see you soon ...

Erin said...

Interesting. This is the Emergent Women site I'm familiar with and I've never found it to be written from a particularly New Reformed perspective. http://www.emergingwomen.us/ I'm assuming the group you visited was different.

Marilyn said...

Erin - they were talking about the new reformers, not promoting them. But the whole thing has a very dunning effect on me.

Fred said...

Sometimes you meet somebody and realize that you need to listen to everything they say, regardless of the subject: profound or miscellaneous. Well, Marilyn, you are one of perilous few I can say are completely listenable. And BS as long as he isn't a thick ceiling