Any “Weird Christians” Out There?

When I was a kid a buddy of mine would occasionally drag me along to a Catholic church service with him, seeing how misery loves company, especially as a child. Even though I hadn’t a clue what was going on — being raised Protestant — I was always mesmerized by the outlandish garb, the thick incense, and especially the incomprehensible Latin that still kind of seemed to make sense. It all seemed so surreal, so magical.

I’m not m much of a church-goer, but I’ve never had that wondrous feeling at a Protestant service and I guess deep down I’ve always wished I had.

Perhaps if I had, I would have gone more to church.

Perhaps not.

More and more young Christians, disillusioned by the political binaries, economic uncertainties and spiritual emptiness that have come to define modern America, are finding solace in a decidedly anti-modern vision of faith. As the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdowns throw the failures of the current social order into stark relief, old forms of religiosity offer a glimpse of the transcendent beyond the present.

From The Future of Christianity Is Punk, New York Times, May 8, 2020
Courtesy the New York Times


11 Replies to “Any “Weird Christians” Out There?”

  1. Lol ๐Ÿ˜†. Dude that couldnโ€™t be more modern if I soak my feet in it.

    The idea that I can โ€œchoose my religionโ€œ because of some criteria that Iโ€™m discerning that I need for spiritual outlet?

    As though intellectually Iโ€™m going to choose to be mystified by all the sparkly things in strange gibberish that flow out of peopleโ€™s mouthโ€™s because I know it is under the rubric of โ€œspiritualityโ€ or โ€œ religionโ€?

    That is just about the most ultra modern notion that one could ever enact.

    It just goes to tell me that intellectualism has just gotten his self really stupid by thinking it self itโ€™s so smart.

    Damn. ๐Ÿ˜Ž


    1. … but hey, Iโ€™m not knocking peopleโ€™s desire to be moved. But I am challenging the intellectual justification for it. It just seems so ridiculous that somehow I could intellectually decide to do some thing to become more spiritual??

      That is like the definition of modernity.


        1. Yeah. It just seems like the modern mind and itโ€™s thinking wants to own everything, including its own mystical spiritual experience. Itโ€™s just kind of sad to me and I tend to react and not the best way probably .


  2. … but, if I might humbly offer something a little bit more constructive: Look to the mystery that is oneself in such a strange world. Perhaps. Or look to the strangeness of oneself in such a Monday man and all too typical world.


  3. Christians are expected to have this cookie cutter personality of gentle smiles and naive, gentle thoughts, but Christians are people just like everyone else: each one unique and beautiful in their own way, with specific gifts crafted to aid them in sharing the gospel. So YES I am all for weird Christians! We can interact and connect with what society labels as “weird” people, whereas the “cookie cutter” Christians can not connect with them. We’re weird for a reason! We’re made with purpose!

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    1. โ€œThat proves you are unusual,” returned the Scarecrow; “and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.โ€
      โ€• L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz



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