Thursday, June 17, 2004

No Argument Here Gina Dalfonzo has this interesting article up over at BreakPoint. In it, she laments what she calls the “infantilization of the church”. After citing several examples where churches and ministries have used dopey, childish gimmicks in an attempt to bring people in, she closes with this thought:


With all these complicated factors, it’s not going to be easy to combat the infantilization of the church, but I hope more and more Christians will come to recognize the problem and decide to ask for more from their church than just the fun stuff. It may be tempting just to pick up the “easy reading” novel when there isn’t much else available in the local Christian bookstore, but if more requests started coming in for C. S. Lewis or Francis Schaeffer, or even Augustine, the bookstores might recognize a need to provide something better. As more people choose challenging Bible studies curricula over childish ones, more challenging studies will be published. Those of us who are tired of being treated like babies need to stop ignoring the problem and start asking to be treated as adults.


BreakPoint is Charles Colson's organization. They make frequent appearances here for their frequent and relentlessly stupid articles about evolution. I mean, these were the folks who offered two essays arguing that if you accept evolution you should be delighted by the looming extinction of the giant panda. If Ms. Dalfonzo is really worried about infantilization, she should start by casting a critical eye on the site to which she contributes.

2 Comments:

At 10:51 PM, Blogger pennathur said...

Infantilism? What's this leading to? There's an 8 years to 80 strategy available to the likes of BreakPoint. A message that is a catch-all. What does one call a message that begins and ends with dogma and brooks no questioning at all? That sounds childish to me.

 
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