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The Idolatry of Individualism

January 28, 2011

Individualism: As God is one and three, as God’s being is being in communion, so human being is being in communion. Made in the image of the triune God, we are always embedded in networks of relationships, long before we are conscious of that fact. Before we could talk or “make up our own mind,” we were addressed, talked to, kissed, smiled at. The only “individuals” in the Bible are idols and their worshipers, who have all the equipment for relating to others and the world but cannot make use of it (cf. Ps. 115). Because of our individualistic bias, we cannot recognize that the “sacraments” are rituals of a new society, public festivals of a new civic order.

-Peter Leithart, Against Christianity, p. 77

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