Letter to the Editor: Christianity ‘as we know it’ will die
With all due respect to letter writer Tom Demski, I would suggest that he refrain from taking my words out of context. My words were specific: Christianity as we know it will die, the key words being “as we know it.”
Christianity in this country has been dominated for many decades now by fundamentalists who seek to force their first century dogma on the rest of us, justifying it by their bogus claim that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. It isn’t. A wise man once said that he found that some passages of the Bible to be correct in morality and others of so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture that it would be impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.
Demski, in citing the heinous acts of Islamic fundamentalists, conveniently fails to mention the equally heinous acts of both Catholic and Protestant fundamentalists down through the ages. The Christian church has been anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti- gay, and racist. It has carried out the Crusades, the inquisition, endorsed slavery, resisted desegregation, resisted equal rights for women and people of color and called homosexual people deviant and depraved. And then there is one of their most heinous acts against the most vulnerable in our society, the sexual molestation of tens of thousands of innocent children by predatory priests that was aided and abetted the church hierarchy decade after decade.
That is the Christianity I predict will eventually die and thanks to enlightened theologians like Bishop John Shelby Spong there will emerge a Christianity that is neither Jew nor Greek, male or female, bond or free, a Christianity that is universal in rejecting anti- Semitism, racism, homophobia and sexism, a Christianity that teaches us to love wastefully and strive to be fully human. These are values that are consistent with the principles of humanism.
There will be an eventual rapprochement between religion and humanism that will enable us to work together to, in the words of Pope Francis, see to the needs of the poor and oppressed who are the victims of an unjust social system.
Gene Rigelon, Front Royal
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