This post appeared in draft first during LENT, though, so let's instead this time feast on some of which this blog usually trashes: polyester pant suited nuns and moms, felt banners, schlocky "spirit of Vatican 2" songs, Communion in the hand, no kneelers, Paul Tillich, LBGTQ and the social construction of gender, bad 80s pop music, and fast food. In other words, all the things that cause, foment, exacerbate, and sustain spiritual diabetes, not that which, in my view, actually cures this spiritual malaise.
Why? These, too, are parts of God's creation. The Creed tells us this. We ask God to forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Both Karl Barth and Romano Guardini remark on the remarkable presumption this request makes. Who are we--humans, part of creation--to bargain with God, the creator Himself? It makes no sense, and the extension of responsibility that this forgiveness we desire relies on the same which we extend to others.
https://twitter.com/postmoltmannian/status/647296279660236800 Moltmann thought Barth left nothing to say until future eschatology was too reductionistic.
So whether it's mainline Protestantism shrinking though it is with its goofy, inept evangelization: