Praxis Habitus – Race, Religion, & Culture

A friend of mine, Gerardo Marti, looks at the world through the eyes of a sociologist.  Some of his insights may fly over our heads, but others will hit a nerve.

For example, recently, Gerardo wrote about The Cultural Practice of Self-Critique by Evangelicals on his website “Praxis Habitus.” I guess I assumed all groups tend to critique themselves, but he suggests Christians tend to do it more often (and sometimes with more brutality).

hand-over-your-life-to-jesus-signIn a world of blogs and tweets, we can slander others faster than ever before, yet even when the motivation may come from a bitter place, we can become better people when we listen to a rebuke.   Proverbs 15:31 reads: “He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.”  Proverbs 27:5 reads: “Better is open rebuke than hidden love.”

Gerardo seems to suggest that our self-critique can help us become better people (if we don’t beat each other up in the process).

For more from Gerardo, check out his books:

Comments
  • brian miller

    two nice links in two days. thanks Eric!

    almost sounds like iron sharpening iron, as long as one doesn’t swing too heavy.

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