Please complete the following sentence ….
“Having faith in terms of historic Christian orthodoxy* in the 21st century post-Christendom West sometimes feels a bit like ….”
Imagine the reactions:
Genuine surprise – I thought you were all extinct by now! Sorry, but there is no place for you in the modern world any more you know.
Mild alarm – (thinks) umm, are you the dangerous sort of tiger, you know, one of those nasty fundamentalist types who wants power to make everyone should live the way you want them to?
Pity – are you not rather lonely?
Bafflement – why do you exist? Are you not an evolutionary dead end? Would you not rather be a successful species like a possum, wallaby or even a Tasmanian Devil?
Anger – you are a danger to civilisation and need to be eradicated once and for all, and I’m going to get my gun …
Welcome back! – we miss you! (I’m feeling optimistic)
Other reactions? Feel welcome to add some ….
* You know the sort of thing = believing in the triune creator God who works his purposes out in the localised story of a particular people; incarnation – Jesus both God and man; miracles; the death and resurrection of the Messiah; his ascension; inspiration of the Word through the Holy Spirit; the future return of King Jesus; a new creation to come; future justice for all etc