The Protestant Deformation?

Presbyterian James Kurth:

Expressive individualism — with its contempt for and protest against all hierarchies, communities, traditions, and customs — represents the logical conclusion and the ultimate extreme of the secularization of the Protestant religion. The Holy Trinity of original Protestantism, the Supreme Being of unitarianism, and the American nation of the American Creed have all been dethroned and replaced by the imperial self. The long declension of the Protestant Reformation has reached its end point in the Protestant Deformation. The Protestant Deformation is a Protestantism without God, a reformation against all forms.

Kurth’s point is that the modern governing ideologies represent a progressive secularization of Protestantism, which he calls the Protestant Deformation. Kurth is arguing that the Protestant Reformation created the modern world, and the Protestant Deformation has created the post-modern world.

I would argue the opposite: Protestantism is a modern attempt at understanding Christianity.




  1. Protestantism was the first of the great artificial “equalizers”. They attempted to, and somewhat succeeded, in creating the general delusion that all opinions are equal. In some respects this was positive because it challenged historical notions of aristocracy- but it had the terrible collateral effect of also challenging meritocracy. Was the 16th century lay peasant really prepared to understand or interpret ancient texts? Obviously not.

    1. Interesting. Luther was horrified by the idea of peasants interpreting the Bible and encouraged the violent suppression of the Peasants Rebellion.
      How is this for a grand unifying theory: the Catholic understanding was rule by tradition, the Reformers wanted rule by experts, the radical Protestants (Baptists and the such) were basically antinomians.
      AKA: Conservatism, Progressivism, populism.

      1. True, but remember the Protestant war cry was Sola Scriptura. They wanted no “middle men” unless it was under their terms. And who did their terms benefit?

      2. I’m not sure what they envisioned but de facto they benefited secular rulers. The immediate result of the Reformation was the subjugation of the church to the state.

  2. Protestantism is quite better than Catholicism…nothing is perfect..but struggling to perfection is what matters…

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