By Charles Bukowski
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In Munger’s scheme, even doctrines such as the resurrection of Jesus needed to be redeﬁned, since the idea of a decomposing body being reconstituted could not be harmonized with the laws of nature. Needless to say, many Christians complained that Munger’s naturalistic theology was nothing less than a rejection of true, supernatural Christianity. In contrast to Theodore Munger, who tended to equate God’s activity in the world with naturally explainable phenomena, Mary Baker Eddy preserved supernatural religion by adopting and adapting the language of science.
Emerson once told his listeners that divine truth was far more accessible in a snowfall than in a sermon ﬁlled with doctrine. Surprisingly enough, two of Emerson’s contemporaries followed the transcendentalist road all the way to Rome, shocking their unorthodox colleagues by converting to Roman Catholicism. Orestes Brownson and Isaac Hecker both converted in 1844, initiating decades-long careers as advocates for Roman Catholicism on the North American landscape. Brownson, whose previous religious explorations had taken him from Calvinism to Arminianism, then to Unitarianism and transcendentalism, found something in Roman Catholicism that, from his vantage point, all these other theological perspectives lacked: a way to infuse the supernatural into the natural human life.
For example, by dispensing livestock to young men, the frip r o s e ly t i z a t i o n | 43 ars broke the dominance of revered older natives and enticed younger Puebloans into the Christian fold. This was proselytization by material acculturation. The friars also staged theatrical productions, teaching the events of the Christian narrative and thus displacing the temporal seasonal yearly rhythms ingrained in southwestern native cultures—proselytization through drama. The great Pueblo revolt of 1680 vividly displayed the anger at such coercive proselytization.
Absence of the Hero (Uncollected Stories and Essays, Volume 2: 1946-1992) by Charles Bukowski