Conformity and Mediocrity


In Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship, Alan and Debra Hirsch reference British philosopher and student of Soren Kierkegaard, Peter Vardy who states,

All too often the domains of society and conformity, the social expectations that come from raising children, setting up home and the like, become a substitute for individuality in the God relationship.  This [Kierkegaard] sees as a travesty of the Christian demand.  He blames this on priests and the general wish for mediocrity.  There is a demand by “the crowd,” the mass of people, to live an ordinary, unexamined and passionless life in which God is essentially irrelevant, and yet they want this life to be regarded as Christian.     An Introduction to Kierkegaard, p.33

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