Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 NH

[The passage of an institution from point 1 to point 3 changes the message of the institution.

The message goes from conversion by persuasion (or example) to conversion by the sword.

All sovereigns have the sword, so why not use it?

If the objectorganization is so important that it must be imposed by sovereign power, it is important enough to worship as an idol.

Thus, sovereign religions veer towards idolatry.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 NB

[Would anyone offer you anything for ‘free’ (without apparent cost or obligation) in the short run, unless they hoped that the exchange would ‘obligate you, in the long run’?

An alternate approach is to offer ‘free stuff’ means ‘ with strings attached.

These strings (words) are co-opposed to bondage.]


Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.3 MW

[Progressive institutions insist on a litany of obligations, expressing what the citizen ought to be. Their demands backed by the sword of the sovereign.

Progressive institutions compete with the family, tribe and religion. They want to be responsible for you (not to you).

They work through words: legal codes, deceptive labels, surveillance, indoctrination, mandatory education, rewriting history, agenda setting, ridicule and ostracism.]