Christian nihilism

Just as nihilism in general is a logical progression from classical liberalism, Christian nihilism in particular is a logical progression from liberal Protestantism:

Christ and culture: five views

The problem has challenged the Church during her entire existence: How are Christians to engage and relate to the surrounding culture? How should we then live? What does it look like to be in the world but not of it?

H. Richard Niebuhr’s classic book, Christ and Culture, has influenced or at least informed the discussion, notably among Western evangelicals, since it was published in 1951. Niebuhr proposed five models, which he labelled as 1) Christ against culture; 2) Christ of culture; 3) Christ above culture; 4) Christ and culture in paradox; and 5) Christ the transformer of culture.


2. Christ of culture

Christ of culture sits at the polar opposite from the previous one. Cultural expressions as a whole are accepted uncritically and celebrated as a good thing. In theory, little or no conflict is seen between culture and Christian truth. In practice, the latter is compromised to accommodate the former. This is the view espoused by classic Gnosticism and liberal Protestantism.

Christian nihilism is the belief that human judgment is, specifically, an immoral imposition of the will on other people (that is, the culture). So interpretation of other people’s behavior as moral or immoral is not just impossible, it’s also wrong. This is what I’ve decided to name the spirit behind radical nonjudgmentalism.

It is generally applied as tactical nihilism, as are the more generalized forms of nihilism. An eventual consequence of Christian nihilism is Christian fatalism, which is the belief that nothing we do matters because God decides all outcomes (you know, like Allah).

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11 Responses to Christian nihilism

  1. Gabriel Lorca says:

    “So interpretation of other people’s behavior as moral or immoral is not just impossible, it’s also wrong. This is what I’ve decided to name the spirit behind radical nonjudgmentalism.”

    Explains the differnces and similarities between INTP and INTJ. Edenist whackjob mentioned somewhere they seem to be one and the same. The INTJ will silently judge and look like an INTP and use their will to excuse themselves.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Laz, I told you you’re banned until you can prove you’ve been dry for a year. I’m going to delete all of your comments under this name on Wednesday night.

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  3. Phelps says:

    I’ve always wondered how the Christian Nihilists reconcile their worldview with all the admonitions to rebuke your brothers in the gospels and epistles. Matthew 18, right in the red words:

    “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      I recently talked to a pastor from the church I grew up in. He related a story about kicking a guy out for something, who then went across the street and joined a church that was okay with it. I’m like bro, I get that it’s frustrating but you still DO it. So over time it’s becoming obvious why that church aged away and disappeared.

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