Is Christianity the problem?

It’s a challenge for a Christian like myself to come to a country which is publicly far more Christian than the UK (or most Western European countries) and yet which often seem to hold values that seem so un-Christian to me. As I said in a previous post, one solution is just to say that many Americans have got the wrong idea of Christianity and leave it at that. It’s easy to condemn some of the more blatant arguments of the Christian right. If New Orleans was hit by floods as an act of God for its sinful gambling, how come Las Vegas has been spared? (Perhaps because it’s in a desert?). Do those who condemn homosexuality on the basis of Leviticus also argue that a rape victim should have to marry her attacker? (See Deuteronomy 22: 28-29).

But I’m starting to wonder whether this is too easy an answer. Can you just separate out the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sides of Christianity so easily? In particular, how many of those who dedicate their lives to helping those in need also hold some very reactionary views? There have been many (often justified) criticisms of Mother Teresa, but where are the secular or liberal Christian Mother Teresas? There are some, but I’m not sure that there are that many. Roy Hattersley (an atheist, but not anti-Christian,) was saying the same thing a few days ago(see http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1567604,00.html) .Do you need a certain black-and-whiteness in your beliefs to commit yourself to this extent? I’m not sure of my answer at the moment.

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One thought on “Is Christianity the problem?

  1. I believe a person can be chrisian.. without being Christian.
    There is no contradcition for me there at all. What is “Christian” anyway? Does that mean following a religious code laid down by religious leaders, If so then you can keep it as far as I am concerned. There is big difference in my view between good people making valuable statements and those words being hijacked by organisational power hungry clerics. I can separate the two things out and do not subscribe to any kind of mysticism. That does not detract from the words ascribed to a man referred to as Jesus. Not at all.
    So christianity is not the problem .. but Christianity and say Islam, as it is interpreted by ideologially motivated characters.. most certainly is! Right wing fundamentalism in the US will only increase the divide between peoples.. but then..that is the intention of both faiths. You are with them or gainst them. Tis a load of doggies doodoos.
    R

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