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You should never judge a religion or a person or a philosophy by its abuses.
You should always honor it by letting it put its best foot forward.
When you hold forth the abuses of something, it is not compelling.
It's terrible. It feels like it's- it is very narrow-minded and restrictive,
but on the other side, if you would look at the places where
the Christian faith has been lived out, taken to its logical conclusion
or embodied with a true discipleship and practice, you will find some of the
most beautiful, compelling
generative, life-giving people, practices,
and cultural goods that have existed - period.
A lot of people are unaware of the fact that
in the - in just after the time of Jesus, it was Christians who came up with the
really value of human life. They believe that because people are made in the image of
God,
that humans were intrinsically worth something. So there were some of the
first to set up hospitals so that the sick could be healed.
They opened orphanage to care - orphanages to care for the unwanted
children in the Roman Empire who abandoned to the practice of
infanticide. They've had a story that's impacted
the arts. Many of the great painters and music composers from human history
produce some of the most
compelling, rich works of art that have existed.
Many of the justice issues that have been led - the greatest abolitionist that's
ever lived
not pushed to end slavery not in spite of his Christian faith but because of
his Christian faith.
And so we need to look at a philosophy or religion based on the people who
practice it truly rather than people who are abusing its teachings, and
because there's been some quite strong and horrific
accidents in church history and incidents, people have chosen to focus on those
rather than some of the other compelling ways that people have practiced their faith.
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Are We Better Without Religion?

1373 Folder Collection
Mei Kuo published on August 5, 2014
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