I had a conversation the other day about parenting with two lovely guys who are quite heavily into the Christian thing. I expressed my admiration of the community aspect of religion but admitted that I couldn’t quite get my head around the ‘God’ thing… though that isn’t strictly true.
I studied religion. And politics. And I get why society clings to religion. Strangely, I find myself more able to accept any religion except ‘my own’. Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Paganism – I’m all for it! But Christianity? Not so much. I was christened an Anglican but feel strangely inadequate whenever I talk to anyone who actually to subscribes to any form of Christianity and manages to do it without being a bigoted ass. They are just so Saintly!
So I guess my problem is with the Bible. And the way it’s been interpreted in the past. Though that still doesn’t explain my aversion to those who are truly lovely and happen to be followers of Christ.
What am I rambling about here? Maybe I ask for others to be a bit more eloquent and tell me if they think you can be atheistic and also be friends with evangelical types? I don’t think they are in theory mutually exclusive… but in practice it isn’t always the same, is it?