Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
The Deconstructed Church, by Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel (Oxford University Press, 2014), reflects many of the observations and ideas that I have written about in this blog, as part of my own experience as a Buddhist. I have often said (and I’m sure I’m not the only one), that Buddhism has survived through 2600 years because of its explicit process of self-deconstruction. Its self-deconstruction has allowed it to adapt to numerous cultures in different historical epochs, most recently in the West during the post-industrial period. This self-deconstruction is, to use a computer metaphor, programmed, that is, coded into the very doctrinal fabric of the dharma itself.
The following excerpts are taken from the Introduction to the book, The Deconstructed Church, published in 2014. Though this examination of religious phenomena is focused on “emergent Christianity”, the authors suggest that this form of religion is the emergent form “of all modern religiosity well into the future.”
The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity. Oxford University Press. 2014. (WINNER 2015 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion), Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel,
“Christianity is the only mad religion; which is perhaps, the explanation for its survival—it deconstructs itself and survives by deconstructing itself.” — Marti and Ganiel.