Quietism is a doctrine introduced from Spain to France in the XVIIth Century.
It’s an interesting thing to study even if you’re not a believer!
You just had to find a state, a calm quiet state, to reach, without all the flounces and frills of rites and charity, a total simple communion with God.
In a way, that’s convenient, like a Zen idea of religion : no need to pray or fast to reach a state of perfection, an easy sinless (as you don’t have to obey millions of rules) and sacramentless state.
“…neither fear of punishment nor desire for the reward of eternal life having anything to do with this pure love of God.”
So it’s been a great fight in France between Fenelon, an archbishop and Bossuet, a theologian and orator (you can Wikipedia all this, it’s quite funny).
Adoration, cut from all terrestrial ties, redacted from any search of “rewards”, or fear of punishments : no more prayers, confessions, fear of hell, no more care of Jesus and all questions about this.
The tool here is :
What if you suppress all intermediaries? What if you reach the source? What if you focus on the core? What frills and rites do you kill?
Where do we find that? Hierarchies? Politics? Tell me…
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