The a/Gnostic Christian Reformed Church

North American Christianity's integral internal counter-movement since 2005: Christianity has become decadent and depraved 

About the a/CRC

The a/Gnostic Christian Reformed Church was born during the winter of 2005, the collaborative project of Trevor Tuininga and Daniel Booy.  It began purely as a name, a theory, an attempt to nominally reconcile two seemingly opposed - yet concomitant and firmly believed - sets of convictions into one.  While there was no formal philosophy, no end-goal, no focused criticism or body of knowledge behind the movement, there was a disparity that required overcoming, and the realization that neither we nor those in ideological situations like our own were in any way represented, motivated or inspired by a single religious/philosophical outlook.  While many religious believers find themselves in similar situations everyday - one rarely encounters a community in complete harmony; there will always be some measure of dissonance regarding things like worship preferences, emphasis of certain doctrines, finer points of belief and the way in which this belief manifests itself - the disconnect felt in this situation was of a radically different nature: it was not simply that points of doctrine were becoming disagreeable - be they fine or broad points - but rather that Christianity was no longer speaking a language that could be taken seriously.
 
"... we must begin wherever we are and the thought of the trace... has already taught us that it was impossible to justify a point of departure absolutely. Wherever we are: in a text where we already believe ourselves to be." (Derrida)  Locating ourselves in a text, however, became increasingly difficult as Christian expression surrounding such departure-texts became unbelievable.  Biblical interpretation within our community could not demonstrate integrity, many aspects and applications of 'Christian' morality were above and beyond ridiculous, - both in theory and whatever weak semblance of practice our community could muster - and attempts to deal with the profound difficulties presented by the postmodern condition were at best superficial, and at worst, insulting. 

People in this position are normally expected to respond in one of two ways: to either flagellate oneself for his or her disbelief and to suspend all doubt in 'faith', or to renounce all ties to the past in disgust.  The A/CRC is a representation of a third way: neither ignoring the problems within the present system nor renouncing it entirely.

The right to discord and discordant thought remains the only justice.

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