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Are We Better Without Religion?

You should never judge a religion or a
person or a philosophy by its abuses. You should always honor it by letting it put
its best foot forward. When you hold forth the abuses of
something, it is not compelling. It’s terrible. It feels like it’s- it is
very narrow-minded and restrictive, but on the other side, if you would
look at the places where the Christian faith has been lived out,
taken to its logical conclusion or embodied with a true discipleship
and practice, you will find some of the most beautiful, compelling generative, life-giving people, practices, and cultural goods that have existed –
period. A lot of people are unaware of the
fact that in the – in just after the time of Jesus, it
was Christians who came up with the really value of human life. They believe
that because people are made in the image of God, that humans were intrinsically worth
something. So there were some of the first to set up hospitals so that the
sick could be healed. They opened orphanage to care –
orphanages to care for the unwanted children in the Roman Empire who
were abandoned to the practice of infanticide. They’ve had a story that’s
impacted the arts. Many of the great painters and
music composers from human history produce some of the most compelling, rich works of art that have existed. Many of the justice issues that have been
led – the greatest abolitionist that’s ever lived pushed to end slavery not in spite of
his Christian faith but because of his Christian faith. And so we need to look at a philosophy
or religion based on the people who practice it truly rather than people who are abusing its teachings, and because there’s been some quite strong
and horrific accidents in church history and incidents,
people have chosen to focus on those rather than some of the other compelling
ways that people have practiced their faith.

Jean Kelley



  1. Alternative Facts Posted on October 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Nothing more than a Texas sharpshooter fallacy.