Vitalism, Sic et Non

Vitalism has even proven attractive to many in Christian circles. It is not uncommon for Christians to insist that nearly every earthly good is merely a dangerous idol. Beauty, strength, and excellence are dismissed as mere vanity. In this way of thinking a certain kind of enthusiastic, private spirituality replaces competence as the mark of human success. Some Christians, then, find in vitalism an answer to the denunciation of human (and especially manly) greatness.

Does Christianity have an answer to vitalism? Or is vitalism itself simply Christian?

…While reading through 1 Chronicles recently I was struck by how alien the disparagement of human excellence is to Scripture.

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