Post Christendom Spirituality
Updated: Nov 27, 2022
Where are all the young people looking for a spiritual home in a post-evangelical Christian world? They probably aren’t interested in organized religion and they aren’t in churches that offer a tired liturgy from a bygone Christendom era or a faith that doesn’t embrace science!
Some in the younger generation may listen to The Liturgists Podcast because it encourages lively, irreverent conversations exploring that awkward transition space between abandoning old understandings and traditions while looking for new, more meaningful expressions.
The Liturgists Podcast is a Christian program that is dedicated to serving the “spiritually homeless and frustrated.” “The Liturgists are creating a global conversation, blending science, art, and faith to explore the most vital issues of our time. In an age where the Church is mainly known for culture wars, we send a different message: there is room at the table for all who are hungry.” They offer Advice For Anyone Who Has Ever Doubted Their Religion.
The Liturgists are Mike McHargue (Science Mike) and Michael Gungor. Mike McHargue describes himself as a “Christian turned atheist turned Jesus follower, spiritual & skeptical.” His book Finding God in the Waves tells the story of how his evangelical faith dissolved into atheism as he studied the Bible and science (the latest research in neuroscience, cosmology, and physics.) A mystical experience led him back to faith with a new understanding of God. His vimeo channel is best known for What Color is this Dress? Science Knows, which went viral on the internet a few years ago. Michael Gungor is a musician and co-founder.
I like this hour-long YouTube video interview (above) of Richard Rohr by The Liturgists. “Art opens us up to mystical, non-dual knowledge and experiences.”
Closing the door of one era is often not seen as the opening of another door of opportunity. There is a painfully awkward “hallway between the two doors” – a lack of understanding between two generational points of view. Those drawn into change experiment with new ideas and expressions of our common humanity, before something new emerges. It’s sort of like the gap in understanding and compassion, artfully portrayed in the Netflix movie Kodachrome, where broken relationships can be healed as new doors are opened.
There is room at the table for everyone ~ Carrie Newcomer