Friday, August 29, 2014

WHY IS THIS FEEL-GOOD THEOLOGY SO ATTRACTIVE TO SO, SO MANY PEOPLE? BILL COSBY'S GREAT THEOLOGICAL CRITIQUE!

Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria have built an empire with their personal small business corporation which they call a church. They have a "boutique" niche on the particular market share which is attracted to their beautiful, shapely, well packaged and advertized brand name. It is nice, feel good narcissism. And boy oh girl does it sell! It is vapid too and anything but Christian. But it is religion of sorts.

I love the theologian, Dr. Bill Cosby's succinct critique of Victoria's, well packaged, shapely, cosmetic enhanced, coiffured doctrines and theology:

10 comments:

JusadBellum said...

I might as well drop this document on you all (or "y'all") that I think goes to anyone who would stand before the people to preach on the inputted authority of a minister of God.

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/ratzinger-hierarchy-theologians-cannot.html

I acknowledge that rorate-caeli is a 'loaded' site but I link to them only because of this text from the lecture is available on the site.

Note the core of Cardinal Ratzinger's thought: no one has the authority to scandalize the little ones... private theological musings that are at odds with the Church or sufficiently different ought to be kept to oneself. If one discovers oneself at odds with the ancient Church fathers, the creeds, the councils, the Popes, the saints...it's probably a good idea to be silent or better to ponder the truths of others rather than seek some novelty.

The sheep will not follow a stranger's voice.

qwikness said...

She needs to read Imitation of Christ.

JBS said...

The only reason I come to Southern Orders is for myself.

rcg said...

Some people cannot distinguish between 'happy' and 'joyful'.

Prime Time Religion said...

I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said, "When we are good to others, we are best to ourselves." I think that is true, however when such thinking becomes the motive of our good works and our relationship with God, our motives start to drift in a more selfish direction. This is just a further perversion of the skewed religious view of people like Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie, Reverend Ike and Robert Schuler. It DOES tickle the ear. However, these expensively-clad Protestants cannot grasp that every good work we perform is ultimately owed first and foremost to God, not for our own self-interest, but because it is only right.

rcg said...

Osteentatious. Her first name should be 'Audrey'.

just saying said...

Say what we want; the place is packed with folks.
Father McDonald couldn't we just once in a while not worry about pleasing God and just please ourselves? Once word got out around town you would have standing room only.

Bee said...

Unfortunately, I've been to at least one Catholic parishe where the priests seem to be doing the Catholic version of this kind of preaching, and packin' em in!!! No sin! Just prosperity! God loves you, just the way you are. He wants you to be happy. Network and socialize! Live and let live.
It's very attractive, but seems like the broad road that leads to ruin to me.

Pater Ignotus said...

Osteenism is just another variation of the radical individualism (see Robert Bellah et all "Habits of the Heart") that has done so much to turn the proper communal understanding of our human existence into a "what's in it for me" existence.

rcg said...

PI, Very good point. It really is off-putting. I feel like Cephalus; first time I have ever found a blonde woman in red lipstick repulsive.