I’m getting tired of weaponized theology. I define weaponized theology as theology that is done with the following preconceptions:
1. Zero-sum interaction: either you will win or I will win
2. Absolute hubris: there is no chance that I am wrong and you are right
3. Ends justifying means: I can say all kinds of cruel things to you and about you because what is at stake is so important
4. Fatalism: this is the only way theology can be done
It is incredibly demoralizing to read, try to react to, and to get dragged into using myself.
It has nothing to do with what I think theology is, how I think we should spend our time, and what I think will move us in a desirable direction.
It is endless and useless, leading to no reconciliation, no solutions, no community, no mutuality, no peace.
It is everywhere and constantly reinforced.
The ugliest thing is when I realize I am engaging in it myself. That’s probably the worst feeling. Its hard not to buy into, just like any kind of violence is hard not to buy into. I’m still way too easily provoked by people who have nothing better to do than to spew venom at other people.
It makes me one of those people.
So, I’ll be thinking about how to blog while not demoralizing myself, in the common and in the etymological sense.