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“What comes after Christianity?” A God who gently but firmly pushes you away from himself in the direction of each other

READINGS: Mark 1:1-15

From Thomas Sheehan’s “What comes after Christianity?” — a lecture delivered on April 15, 2012, at the First Congregational Church, San Jose, California

INTRODUCTION

Some readers might already be offended by the very title of this article: “What comes after Christianity?” seems to imply that Christianity is ending, or soon will end, or even that it should end. But let me be clear. I am making no claims about the future of Christianity on the planet. Nonetheless, even if Christianity were to last for centuries into the future, the question is still worth asking, because like any religion, Christianity is not an end in itself and will not last forever. Arguably it must and will end—at our death when it puts us in touch with what it was always about. Christianity is not self-perpetuating but, like any religion, is meant to dissolve itself into what it points to. Christianity is about Christ, and Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:23 that Christ is about God. So it would …

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