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Privatism

"Needless to say, the political powers have much to gain from the strict sequestering of the gospel to the private sphere; it was promoted by Nazi racism, and still today by military regimes in South Korea, Guatemala, Chile, and elsewhere."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"Altogether too much Bible study among Christians remains preoccupied with our strictly private anguish and matters 'heavenly'—while our world hangs in the balance on an imperial cross of violence and oppression."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


"More embedded in popular Christianity are the hermeneutics of privatism. Fundamentalists and modern existentialists may be philosophically antagonistic, but they share in an essential commitment to approaching the text [Bible] with concerns about the individual's search for, respectively, 'holiness' and 'authentic existence.' Conversion is a fundamentally individual affair. The 'personal Savior' of American evangelicalism is domesticated and no longer Lord of the world, but of our hearts, into which we invite him."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus


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