Queer Atheist comments on Andy Divine’s retrospective look at The Church & its relation to a possible Politics of Redemption?

In Andy’s essay of 1,599 words, the pronoun ‘I’ is used 44 times and ‘me’ 10 times. This essay is not just about Andy’s returning to Worship, after the Covid-19 Pandemic, but a retrospective on the failings of that Church during the AIDS crisis, and the denial, obfuscation, not to speak of criminal conspiracy to protect pedophile priests.

Its the anguished, bewildered cry of one betrayed, who continues his addiction or can’t leave an abusive relationship! The reader can name their own descriptors. It’s as if Andy, for all his ‘expertise’ , his ‘knowledge’, all self-proclaimed, had missed Kant’s well known imperative of ‘self-emancipation from tutelage‘?

The featured players in Andy’s Psychodrama: Cardinal McCarrick, Cardinal Wuerl, Christopher Hitchens, Michael Oakeshott, Jean Cocteau, Gallup, Millennials, psychedelic drugs, Prosperity Gospel, evangelical Christianity, Christianity, the Capitol, Eric Metaxas, GOP, organized Christianity in America, wokeness, Manichean, the individual soul, confessions of sin, the Kingdom of Anti-Racism, pseudo-religions will fail, transcendent/redemptive, Christianity/humility/conviction.

Queer Atheist


About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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