Internet Monk a post entitled, The Impious Pastor, elicited some intense debate. The subject matter given was Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new book, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint. The discussion and debate by those commenting bore a gallant, if not epic, response by a commenter named Katherina von Bora, about the matter of modern Christian impiety (basically anarchism). She makes other similar observations of the one I am posting in the comments section and packages her thoughts in a manner superior to most. Thus I am compelled to share this with you.
First, if you are not familiar with Internet Monk, it is a blog and you can do a search on its history. For now it I simply want to deal with it as it exists. And to me, as I see that it, Internet Monk may be generally classified as having two main movements:
- Pro liberal Lutheranism via the ELCA (its attempt to move with appreciation or affirmation)
- Anti historic Protestantism, fundamentalism and conservative Evangelicalism (its attempt to move with depreciation or dis-affirmation)
Be that as it may, I visit there now and then because first, I like being ganged tackled by group-think types who become the very thing they claim to denounce or at least eschew (The Wartburg Watch surpasses IM in their exuberant mob-mentality style of justice if you happen to enjoy an amped-up experience of that). But better than that, I like going there and participating as well because now and then someone like Katherina von Bora shows up to let us all know an agent has not only done her homework but has arrived to instruct us all. It is not just her thoughts but her art of writing which serves up something superior to our pedestrian efforts and stimulates us all toward better and higher thought.
Thus, I wanted to share this with you and encourage you to go to the site and read the entire post and the whole of the debate and discussion which follows. She towers over everyone on the matter. But before you do let me encourage my readers to consider not just this "Pastrix" but the lesser yet very similar Young Restless and Reformed, Postmodern, and Seeker-Senstive types which are removed from the Protestant Liberalism the ELCA but instead, exist in Protestant or Baptist and non-denominational traditionalism. They share the very same thinking, though on a bit of a muted scale, as the Pastrix, Bolz-Webber (what if two hyphenated names get married, do their children then have a four hyphenated name and what, then, if their children get married to someone else with a four hyphenated name?).
So here is the context. Various people have chimed in, including me, with our comparatively aseptic thoughts. Some celebrate this daring tattooed and cussing Pastrix (sorry Mark Driscoll, you have just been one-upped) while others do not and the remaining unsure. And at the point of the quote I am posting bellow, von Bora has already engaged a few people. The debate and testing of arguments builds. And then, like a General commanding a battalion of thoughts in which each word is a solider serving at her command, she executes, both strategically and tactically, a take-down of the matter which simply conquers the entire construct, exposing and ravaging the errant ideology/theology and practice of the Pastrix and her cheering acolytes and re-establishing the cause and raising, again, the colors and superiority of established landmarks. Here it is:
Katharina von Bora says:
I did try to find an email for Katherina von Bora at her tumblr account but did not and have not been successful in finding one that I may contact her privately to express my appreciation (I don't do tumblr). Any how, thank you Katherina von Bora. Your thoughts on the matter, no matter where we find ourselves on the theological spectrum, are true and sobering as well as eloquent.