This blog records my transition from the Churches of Christ to Eastern Orthodoxy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Prayer as Resistance

There's an awesome blog post over at Richard Beck's blog about the historical use of prayer as resistance.

Does the CoC, perhaps, have a weak theology and practice when it comes to communal prayer?  My impression growing up has been that prayer is little more than a pause between songs or the mark of the closing ceremonies. 

Have we typically thought of prayer as a weapon?  As a force for change?  If not, why not?  Is that a misguided view?  i don't think so, but maybe i'm wrong.  It seems some religious groups view prayer almost like a weapon.  Liturgically speaking, why don't we view it or practice it in this way?  Again, is that a misguided notion?  Is it a misguided notion to think of prayer as a means of resisting and attacking evil in the world? 

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