Just came across one of the most thought-provoking blog posts I’ve read in a while, and wanted to pass it along. It’s at the blog De-Conversion, and it’s titled “Don’t Ask Me to Read Your Holy Book.” The discussion is amazing in the comments – you’ll find my comment somewhere around #180-190.
As a Christian, reading through this is both somewhat sad and somewhat exhilarating. It’s sad because, as you read through it, you start to realize how guilty you can be as a believer at asking people to just blindly take on your way of thinking, without fully considering where they’re at in their life right now. It’s exhilarating because it makes you think, and there are lots of great thinkers posting awesome thoughts in the comments.
Here’s an excellent post by Abraham at the Desiring God blog.
My favorite quote (referring to when Jesus still took time to pray for his followers even though he was being hunted down to be crucified):
“It would be like if your pastor was willing to stay up front after a service and pray for you, knowing there was someone in the building waiting around to shoot him.”
A couple years ago, I read C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, and it quickly become my favorite book of all. If you aren’t familiar with the story, it basically focuses on a young “demon in training” who’s learning from his demon uncle how to be a good hell-raiser and get to humans. The thought-provoking perspective is simply refreshing and convicting.
One of the sections talks about how the demons must make it a priority for humans to think their time is their own. In other words, once you plan something, then it should not be interrupted. Convince us all that we must stay on schedule with our tasks and not allow any interruptions. The demons knew that doing so would help us miss out on many of God’s blessings and lessons.
Think about it – how often are the great things in life planned? Or better yet, how often do you plan for something great to happen, and it just doesn’t pan out? Finally, how selfish is it to think our time being completely under our control?
The problem with us when we think this way is that we often look at Jesus as interrupting our lives. In fact, that might sum up American Christianity pretty well.
Very interesting post at ChurchRelevance.com on Evangelical Christians Disliked by University Faculty.
I don’t always know how to take stats like this. On the one hand, it seems like just another stat that’s probably been blown out of proportion. On the other, I find it odd that “Evangelical Christians were the only major religious denomination to be viewed negatively by a majority of faculty.” That’s pretty substantial.
I have a feeling it links back to something inside most of us that says faith is the opposite of knowledge. In other words, if you have faith in something, then, in a way, you just bypass the need to understand and for logic.
For some reason, the faith of Christians is often viewed by society as this type of uneducated type of faith, whereas other religious followers, such as Muslims or Buddhists, are often viewed as having a faith that is scientifically spiritual and somewhat mysterious, and therefore OK in society’s eyes.
What’s your take on it? Why do you think faith (esp. Christian faith) is often seen as intellectually weak? Is there someone to blame for it?