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Straight Christians for Gay Rights?

This weeks post is brought to you via our newest GodDam blogger.  Check back soon to hear more from Arayl and feel free to comment with your questions.

             Recently I had an interesting discussion about a new popular Sunday School curriculum known as “The Truth Project.” One of the sections in the curriculum deals with politics and poses the question, “Would you rather have a Mormon or an Atheist as the President?” Because the topic this week is Atheism I thought that my issue with this question might add to the conversation.

It seems that the question assumes someone’s political views and leadership abilities are strictly based on the religion that they claim. But is this really the case?  Plenty of people that would claim Christianity as their religion might also vote pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and pro-plenty of other more liberal views. Likewise, though we could find many stereotypical atheists who uphold liberal views, we could also find plenty who hold one or two conservative views.

Aside from the differences in political views within religious sects, there are plenty of people who hold my same religious and political views, who I would never put in office based on their inability to be strong leaders. One example of this is George W. Bush. As much as I can identify with him as a southern-raised-christian-conservative I would never have voted for him because of his inability to speak with confidence and be a strong leader. This standard for voting goes both ways. Though Bill Clinton claimed Christianity and had strong leadership and public speaking skills, his actions disagreed with traditional Christian morals.

I’m not trying to tell people how to vote here but what I am getting at is something much more universal. This basic principle is summarized simply by saying, “Because of the differences within religions, we can not judge people’s moral or political views strictly based on the religion that they claim.”

What I mean by this is that it is absurd to jump to the conclusion that some one is some sort of free-sex, pro-choice, hippy simply because they don’t believe in God. Rather than jumping to these conclusions we should sit down and talk to people about their views. When they say Atheist, what do they actually mean? When we say Christian, what do we mean?

So do you have any non-stereotypical views? Are you a conservative Christian who advocates gay rights or a liberal atheist who dislikes gun control?  Maybe you’re an Evangelical that doesn’t believe in innerancy, or the trinity.  That’s fine, the GodDam Blog was designed to ask those questions and struggle with those answers.  Comment below with your non-stereotyped views. We’d love to talk to you about them.

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-Arayl

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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Atheism, Politics, Religion

 

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It’s time for a reality check!

Well, it’s time for a new topic.  In case you’re stopping by for the first time, each month we pick a new topic to talk about and one of our four authors starts it off on the first week of the month.  Then each author takes a turn adding to what the previous author started.  Our hope and goal is to eventually have a GodDam Book where we turn our “topics” into chapters.   Last month was our first month trying this out and we really got a great response and some awesome feedback so here goes round two.

In the last month or so, the God Dam blog actually got quite a bit of traffic from a site called exchristian.net.  It was really cool to connect with a community of people who have been involved in the church in the past but are now atheist, agnostic, existentialist etc… It was interesting to hear some of the stories and dialogue with some of the people involved in a community that to be honest acts more like the church is supposed to than the church usually does.

With that in mind, as well as my own fascination with naturalism, I decided to make this month’s topic atheism.  I’ve recently started following a blog called the “friendly atheist” and this weekend they posted a video of Greta Christina (check out her blog here) and her speech titled, “Why Are Atheists So Angry”.  It’s about an hour-long but at least for me, it was worth it.

She begins her talk explaining why so many atheists are angry.  She talks about the oppressed women, and the raped children that religion seems to ignore if not encourage.  She talks about stupidity and close mindedness and hypocrisy but about 28 minutes in she makes an observation that I really thought was interesting.

To start off you must know her definition of religion. She gives it at about 26:40. She says that, “Religion is a belief in supernatural entities or forces that have an effect on the natural world. These entities or forces are invisible, inaudible, intangible and otherwise undetectable by any natural means.”  Now obviously we can debate whether or not this is the best definition for religion but that’s really not the point, so for the sake of the argument just go with it.

She goes on to say that because religion is based on invisible, inaudible, intangible, and otherwise undetectable sources, it has the potential to be very dangerous because there is no reality check.  This is something that I noticed my senior year in Bible College.  I saw professors and classmates who were convinced by scripture of certain things that simply didn’t work in real life.  They were rigid and unflinching and even made the claim that if evidence could be found to disprove them, they would not change because of what was stated in the Bible.

The general consensus is that Theology informs reality.  To me, that is kind of silly.  What if you’ve read the Bible wrong?  It’s happened before, just ask Galileo.

I feel like a more balanced approach is necessary for Christians. The bible is important but if what we see in reality doesn’t match up, we need to take a step back and re-evaluate.  If God is logical, and if he spoke through scripture into a logical world, then the Bible ought to work in reality. If it doesn’t then one of two things is happening.  Either we understand reality incorrectly, or we are reading the Bible wrong.

Christians need to start using the brains that God gave them and they need to add the reality check that seems to be missing in theology.

~James

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Atheism, Philosophy

 

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Church… What’s Happening?

Religious Addiction Part 2

Attention: If you have not read “You have got to be kidding me?” (Religious Addiction Part 1) read it first!  This may not make any sense if you are not familiar with my prior blog entry. This is a Part 2!

I finished part 1 of this topic talking about rules and traditions that people in the church have come up with to help them in there walks with the Lord.  There was a time and place for these rules and traditions.  Time has passed and now we need to move on with new methodologies. What I call “religious addiction” occurs among Christians who fail to see a shift in culture.  Unfortunately, these Christians are leaders in the church and are dragging down the entire congregation in the process.  The teachings of these leaders continue to tell people the “right and wrongs” of the Bible, which is total bullshit.


If the church continues to teach that; sex is BAD, alcohol is a sin, rated “R” movies lead to sinful life, life will be great if you trust in God, tattoos are from Satan, and any other made up rule that goes against the teachings of the true leader of the church, Jesus Christ.  A television evangelist named Pat Robertson on the 700 Club (who is unfamiliar with cultural shifts and part of a generation that continues to push the younger generation away from church) has been giving prime examples of made up doctrine and rules that are not biblical at all.  His latest nonsense suggested that if you are married to a person with Alzheimer’s then that is a biblical reason for divorce (I literally wanted to punch myself in the face).  Sorry Pat Robertson but I think you have Alzheimer’s, or you think you are some kind of Pope for evangelical Christians that receives new revelation from God. There are only two ways in which a divorce can happen and that is adultery and death of a spouse. Another claim that Pat Robertson made on television was that hurricane Katrina was sent by God because of all the gay people in American.  I don’t even need to explain how stupid this is.  I am embarrassed to be a Christian; it makes me beyond angry to hear things such as this on national television.  This stuff needs to change.

For those of you who have a problem going to church because of other Christians who have been sucked into religious addiction, I am right there with you.  Church in America today is on a path of destruction.  If the church continues to put wrongful ideas in our heads then there are two paths Christians will choose.  One path is to fall into religious addiction; these people will feel too guilty to leave the church and live a life of shame based on false teaching.  The second path will lead people totally away from the church and they will never be able to trust church leaders ever again.  We have a huge problem!

I wish I could finish up this blog post with joyful news about some progress we have made with religious addiction and false teaching.  Churches in America need to recognize this issue but it’s not happening.  One thing we can all agree on is that more and more youth and young adults are walking away from the church.  There is a problem in Christian culture today and it runs deeper than we can imagine.  My hope is that the church in America doesn’t fall into the same issues that have plagued most, if not all, countries in Europe (possibly around the world as well).  Let’s start changing our character as Christians and not living our lives based on actions.

 ~ K R Morris

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Addiction, Bible, Religion, Sex

 

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