Monday, August 02, 2010

Quitting Christianity in the Name of Christ

Andrew Sullivan has an interesting post in response to Anne Rice’s announcement that she is no longer a Christian.

Anne said

I quit being a Christian. I'm out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of ...Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen .
In response Rob Dreher said

I'm sorry, but this is weak, and makes me wonder what really happened. Surely a woman of her age and experience cannot possibly believe that the entirety of Christianity, current and past, can be reduced to the cultural politics of the United States of America in the 21st century. Does she really know no liberal Christians? [...] And Christianity, anti-science? Good grief. Has she not noticed that Catholic Church, to which she did belong until yesterday, has affirmed evolution, and embraces science? How can a woman of her putative sophistication really think that Christianity is nothing more than a section of the Republican Party at prayer?
And in conclusion Andrew said –

I tend to agree, but it does reveal the impact of Christianism in this culture to swamp and delegitimize actual Christianity. Dreher, of course, remains appalled by the neologism, regarding it as somehow anti-Christian. In fact, it's precisely an attempt to save the message of the Gospels from the menace of Republican cultural politics.
I think that Sullivan has hit the nail on the head (though his use of the term “neologism” confounds me, and yes I looked it up). The problem is that religion in this country has become so politicized that there are those who cannot separate their religion from their politics and while these two areas are sure to influence one another, they shouldn’t be completely dependent on each other. Also I tend to doubt that God, or Jesus for that matter, would appreciate being used as a campaign tool.

Christianity is an extremely diverse lot, as it should be. Granted there are all sorts of Christians out there that will tell you that only their denomination is the true path to Christ and yes there even those that are anti-science, but they do not represent all of Christianity and lumping them all together is naive at best and blatantly ignorant at worst.

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