My Subversion Experiment

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About Jeremy John

Jeremy John is the Food and Faith Network Director at the Quixote Center, where he builds alternative economies in faith institutions for food justice, where he landed after Occupy DC remade his hopes and dreams. Jeremy has been an activist ever since he accidentally ate the red pill instead of the more harmless blue one. He converted to Christianity, to his horror, while serving a six-month prison term for civil disobedience to close the School of the Americas. He blogs about faith and activism and tweets about whatever catches his fancy, usually faith.

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  1. Yes, Jesus had confrontations with the religious establishment of His day. Yes, He was angered by the conversion of the Temple into “a den of thieves”. But even He knew better than to confuse institutional religion with faith or dogma. He was a devout Jew who worshipped at the Temple and taught in synagogues. He said He had come, not to destroy Judaism, but to complete and perfect it. (Saint Paul, who might legitimately be considered the co-founder of Christianity, also took pride in stating that he was a devout Jew, taught by one of the greatest rabbis of all time, Gamaliel.)

    It’s crucial to see the Gospels (and the Bible generally) in context, and not to isolate specific verses. That only distorts the story and the message of Scripture.

  2. As one not ready to give up the caffeine addiction, you got my attention early here, Jeremy. I do think that religion has a lot invested in the status quo, which, by definition, discourages experimentation. I also think, though, that tirual is not all bad. There are rituals of change and focus that can help us to keep on track, or get back on track when we stray from what we intend. But, I imagine you know that.

    Thanks for your piece. Now, I need to get back to my cup of coffee.

  3. I was expecting a much longer article and would like to hear more… What occurred for you in the experiment? How do you connect it back to your spiritual path? It feels unfinished and I’d have liked to seen more words on the matter. Will there be further posts?

  4. Great post, Jeremy. I think I’ve read it before, but it seems to have improved somehow. Anyway, it’s like I’ve always said: there is no such thing as the autonomous self. Pure autonomy is THE dream of evil and (coincidentally?) of the American “middle class”(not to imply that any kind of total identification btw/ the two). In a characteristic paradox, ‘autonomy’ or freedom from addictions and compulsions seems, oftentimes, to be a prerequisite for deeper relationships with other people or with God–a typical ‘loop-de-loop’ that you capture very well here.

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