R.J. Anderson (rj_anderson) wrote,
R.J. Anderson

I just love it when I'm too tired to say useful and intelligent things, and feeling guilty about it, and then I find that other people have said them for me.

A few of my favorite bits from dr_c's newly minted Guide to Evangelical Christianity:
The commonly-held idea that all religions are equally valid, that whatever religion "works" for you is right for you, is a perfectly logical consequence of the assumption that religion's purpose is centered on humanity. But it's also entirely incompatible with the [idea] of ... finding out about a God who exists outside of ourselves...


We [evangelicals] speak as witnesses, not as judges. If we declare something "wrong," it's not because we say so, it's because we're convinced that God has said so. If, on the other hand, you believe that right and wrong are assessed only by the human conscience, and if you say of anyone's conduct, "that is just WRONG" (thus condemning their conduct on the basis of your own conscience), that's when you're speaking as a judge...


I probably see more Evangelical stupidity in a week than most of [my readers] do in a year. But really, I wouldn't have it any other way. The only other alternative would be to belong to a God who prefers to reveal Himself to smart people and leaves ordinary folks out in the cold...

It's a very carefully written, precise essay (not surprising, seeing it's written by a mathematician) and it quite accurately reflects my own convictions (and indeed, my own experience) as well, so I feel pleased to be able to point people to it.

However, if you have questions, comments (other than very basic positive remarks of the "Thanks for a very interesting essay" sort) or bones of contention, please put them here in my Comments or in the Comments section of rjanderson_blog when this post shows up there, rather than dumping them on dr_c -- since I do believe his intention was to respond to friendly curiosity about his beliefs among his relatively small circle of LJ acquaintances, not to spark a debate with a bunch of visitors imported from my blog. :)
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