Monday, May 03, 2010

Fellowship

Fellowship is a word we need to jettison. It doesn't mean anything. We don't talk about fellows, or use fellow- as a semantic component in any sharing/communal context or word, outside of church-talk. We only use fellowship to express the vague concept of christians being physically present to each other and nominally sharing in something, usually international roast. We have perfectly serviceable English words to express what fellowship used to express: words from union and communion roots. So let's drop this whole charade.

3 comments:

mark said...

Agreed!

Where has it come from? Barth? D.B. Knox? ...

It's a weird word and I'm with you mate. Dump it.

Seumas Macdonald said...

Suspect its provenance goes much further back than those luminaries. Here's a reference on its etymology

mark said...

Cheers for the link...

I was struck by a point that was made in one of Marcus Loane's biographies about know D.B. Knox came back to Moore from the UK at one point raving about his newfound discovery of the theological import of 'fellowship.' Apparently Loane wasn't as impressed as Knox, and thought it was interesting that it coincided with the hippie-commune movement in the 60's!