unchristian: what a new generation really thinks about christianity…

and why it really matters.

this is the title of a book that I noticed in the bookstore, but which I checked out from the lirbary.  (I love the public library.  it’s a long time love affair.  a man may or may not ever measure up to books…  reasons why I’m still single, by anna marie martin, age 36…)

anyway.  this book I’m reading addresses christianity’s PR problem.  it’s a generational study of people ages 16-29 and people 30-42, in relationship to how they view christianity.  it’s absolutely fascinating.  I’m on page 93, and it’s discussing christianity’s response to homosexuality. 

while I disagree with their end goals (which seem to be to create better PR machine to convert more people to the christian way of life.  which is so offensive to me on many levels.)  the study is really interesting and I’m enjoying reading it very much. 

I miss talking shop with people so much.  I call "theological discussions," "talking shop," because it’s one of my many homes….  places where I feel safe to express my opinion, even if people disagree.  especially if people disagree.  

anyways.  lemme know what you think, please. 

2 thoughts on “unchristian: what a new generation really thinks about christianity…”

  1. (I didn’t read the book, but here’s my thoughts on Christianity.)

    I’m a Christian. Wholeheartedly. Forever. But the thing about Christian, it doesn’t have to mean ‘prolife.’ or ‘anti homosexuality.’ or ‘fear-mongering.’ And most of the problems that levelheaded people have with Christianity are really problems with how the modern church in America misreads the Bible. “Literal” to them means “how I would decifer the meaning if someone said this to me on the street today.” Not what it actually meant during the time period. When you know your shit, it’s pretty clear that while the Bible doesn’t talk alot about homosexuality, it leans on the side of being positive, NOT negative. And I HATE HATE HATE when bitches say that the Bible supports women as lesser beings. The ideas in the Bible about women were revolutionarily feminist at the time they were written. Women BUILT the freaking church!

    That said, I def don’t hold ill will to people who aren’t christian and misunderstand Christianity. The church has done a really good job of misleading people, especially the ‘religious reich’ movement. That’s where the blame lies. It saddens me and sickens me because the true message of Christianity is amazing, powerful, and pretty much everything you think it wouldn’t be after hearing the selfaggrandizing fearmongering bullshit peddled in churches these days. I try to educate the people that talk to me about it, but it’s tiring. And really just very sad.


    1. go on girl!

      wow. well said.

      I’m not really a christian. the checklist in the book lists a few things I disagree with. the inerrancy of the bible, for one big starter thing.

      I’m reading it because I’m thinking about being clergy in the UU denom and I’d like to see what passes for “discussion about religious topics” in books that you can find in the Library. cause we love, love, lurves the librelly.

      (I call if the librelly. also I call raspberry and strawberry raspbelly and strawbelly. cause fun with language is fun.)

      in all seriousness, it’s a fair critique of what non-christians think about christians. with research and graphs and shit.

      if you can stomach it, it might be an interesting read for you.

      I do like it that the authors talk about grace — which is kind of nice…

      I do have some real objections to the premise of the book, however. as follows:

      * they really only talk about “christians” and “born-again christians.” I think they are trying to define christianity in such a way that your’re not christian if you’re not a *practicing* born-again holy roller. that’s what they try to say, but don’t really come out and say. They don’t define Mormons as christians (in addition to the Book of Mormon, they mostly believe in christ and the bible) or Catholics as chrisitans (which is just dumb, cause they are).

      * they have a lot of assumptions about what is “right belief” and what is “wrong belief” in terms of the hot-button issues of abortion, homosexuality, cohabitation etc etc. they don’t really apologize for this, but part of the reason people hate them so much is cause they summarily judge and dismiss people for these so-called “sins.” there’s no room for dialogue, just “we are right.” (or maybe so far in my reading — there are some interesting talk-back sections of the book.)

      so far in the book it’s a lot of “us and them” which I don’t like…

      anyways. thanks for your thoughts.


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