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Giles Fraser on the real meaning of Holiness in christianity
« on: 18 November 2011 »

Great guy ... stood up and was counted

Couple of snips from the article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/nov/17/st-pauls-occupy-movement-christianity

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The Occupy movement is a moment of God-given opportunity to rediscover Christian holiness: not in rich temples, but justice...

But it seems that for many of the pilgrims to Bethlehem, this complex political reality is something to be passed by on the other side. They have come to find a sacred space that is as protected from politics as the holy is from the unholy. Yet there is a terrible irony in all this. For the birth of Jesus Christ, in a smelly cow shed, and threatened by the forces of occupation, represents a wholesale rejection of precisely this idea of holiness. God is no longer to be set in some pristine otherness. The sacred is no longer to be protected from the profane. Which is why Jesus makes such an ostentatious show of fraternising with those who were traditionally debarred from holy space the lame and blind, sinners, lepers, menstruating women.

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Which is why the relationship between the Occupy camp and St Paul's Cathedral is theologically so fundamental. For those with a traditional understanding of holiness, the camp is a threat, just as the impure is seen to be a threat to the pure. The camp is messy and chaotic, the politics raw and visceral. The smell of stale sweat and urine hangs heavy in the air. Inside the cathedral, the choir sings of the majesty and otherness of God.

Christopher Wren's magnificent temple is the perfect stage for a contemplation of the ordered universe and the transcendent beauty of traditional holiness. It is a place of dignified worship and religious serenity. From this perspective, the camp can feel like an existential invasion, an overwhelming threat to holiness. But that is exactly what the birth and ministry of Jesus must have felt like too. And why he had such an uncomfortable relationship with the religious authorities of his day.

What is interesting, of course, is that holiness as separation is often an expensive business. For both the secular and the religious, money is the best way we have of insulating ourselves from the vulnerability and emotional maelstrom of encountering the raw humanity of need and anger. This is just as true of the millionaire's minimalist penthouse as it is of the otherworldliness of a cathedral precinct.

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