The Nones of this age are ecumenical, humanist, transreligious. But in their midst are analogs to the original monastics: spiritual rebels and seekers on the margins of established religion, pointing tradition back to its own untamable, countercultural, service-oriented heart.
The Nones of This Age
Topic: Society & Civil Religion
“And there is a kindred shift in the Nones’ generation of young Christians, including Evangelicals and others–people who have not rejected the faith of their childhood, but grew up allergic to stridency and determined to reform it. One pivotal, loosely federated movement is called the New Monasticism….
The Nones of this age are ecumenical, humanist, transreligious. But in their midst are analogs to the original monastics: spiritual rebels and seekers on the margins of established religion, pointing tradition back to its own untamable, countercultural, service-oriented heart.“
Media blogger, author, On Being host and founder
Tippett, Krista. Becoming Wise: an Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. Penguin Books, 2017, p. 179, [Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise, Penguin Press, New York, 2016].
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The New Monasticism
Shane Claiborne is now one of its [the New Monasticism’s] guiding lights and, at forty, one of its elders:
“But initially, when we started the [The Simple Way] community, we were just responding to crisis, you know. And then there comes a point, as Dr. Martin Luther King said so well, where we’re called to be the Good Samaritan and lift our neighbor out of the ditch. But after you lift so many people out of the ditch, you start to say, Maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be transformed.
Everywhere I go, I am so encouraged by the questions that people are asking, especially even within the Evangelical church that’s been so scared of a lot of those questions. Most people my age that I see, even within the Evangelical church, transcend categories of left and right, and really are wanting to know how to create a better world. And they know that the world we’ve been handed is very fragile. They say, we need to figure out how to live differently ourselves and how to live with some imagination and some creativity, and give ourselves to something bigger than just our own little circle of friends.”
–Krista Tippett [Interview with Shane Claiborne, The Simple Way (Becoming Wise, Penguin Press, New York, 2016)] p. 175.