Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Salt Water of Siloe

Brother Stephen of Sub Tuum takes issue with Luke Timothy Johnson on the subject of mysticism in modern religious life:

Bad, bad conservatives. They have no heart. If they did, they would never question the conscience of another and that’s why the Pope is apparently the moral equivalent of a radical mullah in Afghanistan having women stoned. Note how the earlier lip service to the failings of exoteric progressives has disappeared. (And remember that this is an article inCommonweal, not known for being shy about exoteric matters--not that there's anything wrong with that.) It seems that, in reality, the mystic was to be prized not for his complete vulnerability and surrender to the will of God and the union that is born from it, but for his ability to tell the worldly exoterics, “You’re not the boss of me.”
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