Jul 202013
 

I have long attempted to explain that there is a difference between authentic Christianity and Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity.  While the former respects the views of others, the latter attempts to force their views on others.  While the former is motivated by love toward others, the latter is based on hatred for all who are different.  While the former practices meeting the needs of the poor, the latter focuses on  assuaging the greed of the 1%.  I’m happy to learn that authentic Christianity is rising.

20RelProgOne-in-five Americans are religious progressives, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Using a religious orientation scale that “combines theological, economic, and social outlooks,” researchers argued that while the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans continues to rise, a growing coalition of young, diverse, and politically-active Americans are connecting their faith with progressive values.

“Our new research shows a complex religious landscape, with religious conservatives holding an advantage over religious progressives in terms of size and homogeneity,” Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, said in a press release. “However, the percentage of religious conservatives shrinks in each successive generation, with religious progressives outnumbering religious conservatives in the Millennial generation.”

According to the survey, 23 percent of people aged 18 to 33 are religious progressives, while 22 percent are nonreligious and 17 percent are religious conservatives. By contrast, only 12 percent of those aged 66 to 88 are religious progressives, whereas 47 percent are said to be religious conservatives…

Inserted from <Think Progress>

Of course, the biggest opponent of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity is Jesus, because they are today’s version of the Pharisees and Sadducees that he drove from the temple.  Authentic faith is never a threat to others, no matter what the religion.  That occurs only when faith is replaced by extreme dogma.

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  14 Responses to “Authentic Christianity Rising”

  1. "Of course, the biggest opponent of Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christianity is Jesus, because they are today’s version of the Pharisees and Sadducees that he drove from the temple.  Authentic faith is never a threat to others, no matter what the religion.  That occurs only when faith is replaced by extreme dogma."   TomCat I do SOOOO agree with you!  It would be wonderful if the number of religious conservatives shrinks in each generation, it really would, though I can't quite believe it!

     

  2. Excellent article by Jack Jenkins. I hope he is right about our numbers increasing.

  3. I am somewhat impatient!  Time for another knock 'em down, drag 'em out Temple clearing!

    There is too much influence in politics and policy making by the pseudo Christians.  That must end now! Separation of church and state must be up held!  

    BTW, the outside sign at my church reads "Separation of church and hate!" which I thought was cool!  I get into discussions of US politics as effected by the right wing fanatical evangelical pseudo Christians with our minister who is fairly knowledgeable on the situation.  Funny, north of the 49th and we have these discussions.  IMO (humble or not), extremists of any religion, Christian, Judaic, Islamic … whatever, will be the downfall of the human race, and we already have enough strikes against us what we climate change etc that we don't need more.  John Lennon said it well … "Imagine …"

    No pictures, just the very powerful words …

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=imagine+lyrics&docid=4538763635656775&mid=F6526CD4505810721595F6526CD4505810721595&view=detail&FORM=VIRE6

    • LOL!

      I agree.  I don;t want Republicans in the pulpit interfering with my government or Republicans in office interfering with my faith.

      Neat sigh, and you have an excellent pastor.  Powerful words and fine music.

  4. The Hypocriticals make themselves public with their bad acts. When people tell them they're jackwads, the respond that Christianity is under attack. No, their brand of hate is under attack.

    Thanks from this atheist for being one of the good Christians, Tom. Your presence shows me we can get along just fine. I also know a few good Muslims and Jews who are in the same corner with you in speaking out against the misuse of their religions by a few fanatics.

  5. That greed that we see in Christian Conservatives is what, I think, has fueled their long campaign for a Christian government.  That – and the need for greater power.

  6. Authentic faith is never a threat to others, no matter what the religion.

    Any way to steal an election via proxy for their true god ($Money).

  7. More wars have been fought in the name of religion than anything else.  A true Christian would follow Jesus's example, he judged no one except the hypocrits.