Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Ecclesiological Stockholm Syndrome

Responding to Halden on doing theology against ourselves, Adam suggests that many theologians have Ecclesiological Stockholm Syndrome: "the twin tendency to idealize and fetishize local church life and to denigrate their own role".

7 Comments:

Adam Kotsko said...

Thanks for the link. I hope this marks the beginning of a "the church" backlash!

Adam Kotsko said...

... okay, apparently not.

Ben Myers said...

We backlashed in our hearts. ;-)

Adam Kotsko said...

Verily, verily, I say unto thee: whoever has looked at an ecclesiology with skepticism has already committed backlash in his heart.

(Wait, that's not actually funny. Damn it.)

chris e said...

Though I notice that you linked to Halden's second article on the topic. The comment thread in the first article with its 'Theologian as Kevin the Teenager' posturing, would lead to rather less sympathy I suspect.

Adam Kotsko said...

I keep trying to figure out what you mean by that comment, but even a trip to Wikipedia to look up Kevin the Teenager didn't help.

Jane said...

Splendid idea - I have just been interpreting for the Faith and Order plenary commission here in Crete - Ecclesiology came up alot but Stockholm syndromw didn't - maybe I should suggest a new study process ;-)

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