Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

attack theology

2/8/14

 

Most of us, either directly or indirectly, have experienced what I call the "attack theology" of Christian Orthodoxy. A religious group which insists on a divine obligation to judge, condemn, marginalize, segregate, and oppose the vast majority of humanity is by definition a promoter of conflict, anger, anxiety, and self righteousness. By no stretch could human beings embrace such a personal philosophy and role without being ethically compromised in the process. Institutional Christianity's well documented history is proof positive of just how detrimental its theology has been.

 

Some may want to claim that in restraining certain human impulses and sanctioning group benevolence the church's overall influence on humanity has been positive. The countless victims of church sponsored atrocities down through the centuries would likely disagree. Unquestionably many individuals in association with the church have acted nobly but always in contradistinction to the basic doctrines of the church. Only in relinquishing the idea of segregation, condemnation, and opposition of outsiders could any Christian engage in an act of true benevolence. If I give food to someone I loathe simply because I feel it is my church duty or because it makes me look better to others, does that "sacrifice" mitigate my religious intolerance and prejudice? Effective altruism does not naturally arise from a feeling of contempt for others, the very opinion the church's "righteous few dichotomy" instills.

 

Christian Orthodoxy projects an irreconcilable mixture of love and hate and then complains that its message is not welcomed and embraced by all. In any aspect of life, other than religion, for a group to carve out an exclusive, exalted position for itself and then from that claim to launch an attack on the majority of humanity, would cause that group to be labeled as supremely arrogant and dangerous. Yet many Christians routinely engage in this very practice and then want their theology to be honored as the only basis for an ethical society. Preposterous, isn't it?

 

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