Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Pure, Religious Identity

I don't want to go back to any supposedly pure, original, and exclusive religious identity. From the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, it was believed that at the beginning of the Christian tradition the faith was pure. So if you went back you'd find that everyone agreed, everyone held a pure and simple form of the faith. What modern historical critical scholarship has shown is that in the New Testament period there was the most appalling jumble of different ideas, out of which something which considered itself orthodoxy did not develop for about four hundred years. There never was an original, pure, primitive identity. Dreams of purity are almost always a complete mistake.

~Don Cupitt

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