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Losing Our Muchness, Chapter 1

Losing Our Muchness, Chapter 1

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Published by George Elerick
A book about how Christianity like Alice have lost their place in the world and how we need new relevant words to speak into an ever-changing society.
A book about how Christianity like Alice have lost their place in the world and how we need new relevant words to speak into an ever-changing society.

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Published by: George Elerick on May 21, 2010
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Colloquial Christianity: Finding God Outside of Theology by George Elerick 
Losing Our Muchness
The Mad Hatter : You're not the same as you were before you were muchmore..."muchier" You've lost your "muchness"  Alice Kingsley : My "muchness"? The Mad Hatter : [Points to Alice's heart] in there.“To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.” – Roland Barthes
He set her down on a large boulder and began to slowly walk away. Themulti-colored horizon behind them and an unknown future waiting in frontof them. She was bewildered by his sudden willingness to leave her all alonein the treacherous world of her own making. She shouted for recognitionand then slowly the Mad Hatter turned around and addressed Alice withdisappointment in his voice, ‘You have lost your muchness!’ He knew hewas supposed to tell her, that somehow she lost her spark. That somehowshe had forgotten who she was. This is a scene from Tim Burton’s take onAlice in Wonderland. A multi-layered story laced with numerous meanings. Astory of redemption and self-rediscovery.I think the Church is very much like Alice.We are in a great place filled with wonder and opportunity. A place teemingwith life and beauty. But just like Alice, we too have lost our muchness.Our language and words that we have used for centuries have become the
Colloquial Christianity: Finding God Outside of Theology by George Elerick 
very opposite of what they were intended to be. We have created a religionframed around linguistic exclusion. Christianity stands on the precipice of afuture waiting to happen, it stands in the gap between losing its muchnessand finding it all over again. To understand how we can get it back, we havego back to the beginning. 
behind door number one.
Everything has an origin. Everything starts somewhere. A first date. A firstkiss. A first scrape. A first job. There is a first time for everything. I thinkthis is important to realize when approaching life, that there are thesemoments that seem to unfold like wrapping paper over a Christmas present.The process never stops. I think our wonder in that process can. We can losethe curiosity of what is behind 'door number one', or what vistas await usaround the next bend. Life is full of first surprises, ones that keep invitingus into deeper wonder and curiosity. It is our responsibility to find creativeways with which to sustain our curiosity. If we choose not to follow ourcuriosity into sights unseen, than we too might become victims of the worldthat we have helped create. The world is constantly changing. Culture isconsistently emerging. Families are currently being redefined, ethics arebeing redefined, and truth is being redefined. Culture is something we getto add to, but if we choose not to be relevant and redefine and engage oursociety, than not only do we deny curiosity as a necessary companion in thejourney, we also willingly say we don’t want to participate. If we come toaccept that culture is changing than we also have to accept the need for ourlanguage to change along with it. To deny the need for linguistic evolution is
Colloquial Christianity: Finding God Outside of Theology by George Elerick 
to deny that culture has and is changing. The very incarnation of Jesus isabout God invading culture. God participating and interacting with andwithin culture. The incarnation shows a God who is curious enough to try onnew skin. If Christianity claims to follow Jesus than we too should followsuit and re-incarnate ourselves into a new skin that speaks and participatesin this new emerging culture.
the sting of second thoughts.
My first word was 'chocolate', not mom or dad, just chocolate. Which hasbeen indicative of my life affair with the narcotic of chocolate, which I amsure will ensue for the rest of my life. Chocolate will probably be mytravelling companion through adventure of life. Much like language. Ineeded language to say my first word. I must have heard chocolate plenty of times when I was crawling around diaper-less. Sometimes our words formbefore we are fully aware of their value in a conversation. Language is anintegral part of our society. For those who don't have the ability to speak,they use their body; we call that ‘sign language’. We all have a set of languages we bring into a conversation. The language of they eyes, feet,hands, mouth, hands and arms to name a few. Each stance we make sayssomething about receptivity to what is being said. We've heard it said that90% of what you're saying isn't coming out of your mouth. Our body seems tosubconsciously translate for us. When I was in elementary school, theteacher would spend most of her time giving me these long lectures on howI would need to listen more rather than try to find ways to hang-glide acrossthe desks. Her arms were closed across her chest in a defensive posture, at

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