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Wednesday, January 19, 2005  

Mindless religious cant

Unifying the various branches of Christianity should be the goal of every Catholic, Pope John Paul II told pilgrims at his weekly general audience as he promoted a week of prayer for Christian unity.

Of course, to the pope, unity means everyone becomes Roman Catholic and acknowledges his supremacy. That's what it boils down to, but it's absurd in the highest degree when you consider what all the churches have done to belief.

Prior to the Gospels and Letters, three things made a Christian: belief in Jesus' resurrection and his being God; the Atonement as the reason for his death; and, perhaps, a meal between believers celebrating Jesus and community.

That's it. That's all early Christians had in common. Some would argue about apostolic succession as governing, but that it highly debateable.

Unity is the Lost Continent of the Christian dreamscape, especially since John has Jesus asking all to be one and unified.

In fact, Christianity has never been better for the world than when it was disunited and competing for adherents between groups. It was disunity which produced the New Testament. It was the Reformation and later Dissenters which produced America.

It is disunity which makes America one of the most religious countries in the world.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 2:25 PM |