Sunday, 10 March 2013

Yes, but is it ontological?

Much of my theological thinking has revolved around the sociopolitical role of the church and the ideology of the gospel. The church is a political strategy (thank you Stanley) in the world, a divine oppositional alternative to the established order (thank you Soren).

Where this kind of thinking goes next depends on whether we remain at the level of the sociopolitical or whether we insist on ontological repercussions. Is it enough to say that the church is counter-cultural or must we take it a step further an insist that the church is an ontological change as it becomes the new creation? As a sociopolitical element it fits neatly within Badiou's model of truth and subjectivity but is scarcely distinguishable from other instances of love, science, art and politics. We must avoid the notion of a church that is devoid of content and merely profound in structure. The content of the church and the gospel must have some significance.

The question that I've yet to answer for myself is whether the significance is confined only to a strict sociopolitical account or whether there is an actual ontological change for the Christian subject and therefore also an actual ontological change for the church in the world. Grace is real, but at what level?

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