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Russel Brand Takes First Communion, Quotes Tim Keller during Video Discussing Rationalism

Author and comedian Russell Brand quoted the late theologian and pastor Tim Keller when he attended his first communion last week.according to church leadersBrando, who was baptized in the Thames in April, posted a video on May 17 in which he talks about rituals in a society based on rationalism.

“I received my first Holy Communion. It means I drank the blood of Christ and ate the body of Christ,” Brando says at the beginning of the video, which ends by noon almost Viewed 100,000 times.

In the caption, he wrote, “(Oh yeah, what’s around my gob is not our Lord’s blood. It’s just a protein shake!!!)”

@Russell Brand I had my first communion, and… (oh yeah, what’s in my gob is not the blood of our Lord. It’s just a protein shake!!!) #Christianity ♬ Original song – Russell Brand

“How do we understand the meaning of participating in such a ritual when all we know is rationalism and materialism and logic?” Brand asked his viewers. “How do you deal with the intersection of the supernatural, the physical, and the rational? How do you deal with the idea that there’s a spiritual side that we can interact with and really interact with?”

He added that belief in an “always-present” Christ is rarely seen today, “especially when measures are continually being taken to tell us that only the rational, material world is meaningful.” He said it seemed “ridiculous and ridiculous.”

A society based on rationalism “eliminates belief in the supernatural; [favors] “It’s more political than religious,” Brand said, adding that we have “so many things that I believe it’s actually impossible to live without.” He pointed out that it would be excluded.

Later in the video, Brand quotes Keller’s joke about a drunk man looking for his car keys under a street light. A bystander who was looking for the man asked, “Did you drop it there?” The man answered, “No, I dropped it over there by the bushes, but the light is much better here.”

“Timothy Keller points out that the etheric cannot, by its very nature, be explored using the modalities of the senses or the modalities of science,” the actor explained. “The idea that the material world can answer all our questions seems increasingly absurd on a practical level as the world collapses.”

From Brand’s perspective, converting to Christianity is a political act, but it is not joining a political organization that leaves things as they are.

“I became a Christian because I surrendered to a man who was a great radical and a great rebel,” he said. “[Who] He believed that the Kingdom of God would come to earth in His image – and it did. ”

At the end of the video, Brand said that becoming a Christian gave him a “glorious new education.” Although Brando is passionate about her faith journey, she said she is “approaching it with great anxiety and vulnerability because it’s so new to me.” But a new strength was born to me. It seems that new glory is available to me. ”

Photo credit: ©Getty Images/Amy Sussman / Staff


Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributor to his Crosswalk Headlines and host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast dedicated to sound doctrine and Biblical truth. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Alliance Theological Seminary.

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